“I have tremendous respect for club owners Bronwyn and Pete Capriotti and their commitment to local soccer,” Collins said in a press release. “We are going to build a club that is fan-first, player-centric and community-oriented. I’m really looking forward to developing connections with the local communities. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to lead this club in an incredible era of soccer in this country.”
Collins' professional playing career in the 1980s and 1990s included stints with Southern California Major Indoor Soccer League teams Los Angeles Lazers and San Diego Sockers. A product of Long Island, New York, his other MLS teams included the New York Arrows, Baltimore Blast and St. Louis Storm. He also played in the CISL and NPSL.
“I served as a ball boy for the Cosmos at Hofstra back in 1972, so the NASL represents my very first taste of professional soccer,” Collins said. “I look at the NASL as the starting point for the professional game in our country, and I think the league, in its modern form, is the future of our game as well. The NASL is the best environment for players to develop their careers, and helping them achieve this will be central to our club’s activities. It’s rewarding to help players grow and watch their careers flourish.”