New York Cosmos Will Not Participate in NASL Spring Season; Will Wait Until August to Field Team
The New York Cosmos confirmed on Saturday what has been rumored for some time now; they will not field a team to start play in the spring of 2013, rather they will wait until the 2nd half of the NASL split season (clausura/fall), which will begin in August, to take the field.
The news came from newly-appointed Cosmos COO Erik Stover at a Q & A event held by Cosmos supporters group, the Borough Boys.
“We’ve said from the beginning that when we returned to the field, we would do it in the right way,” said Stover at the Saturday afternoon event held at a pub to coordinate with the 2012 MLS Cup final. “This allows us the time we need to build our staff and operational capabilities in a professional manner. But most importantly, especially for our loyal fans, it gives us the necessary time to put a club on the field they can be proud of.”
Stover also told the Cosmos supporters, because of their decision, the team will not participate in the 2013 US Open Cup competition.
“Honestly, I think our fans were upset,” said Nick Laveglia, president of the Borough Boys. “Had we not been let down so many times by the Cosmos before, perhaps this would have been an easier pill to swallow. Maybe that’s unfair to the new ownership group but the fans are definitely concerned.”
The team also confirmed that at the moment alcohol will not be sold in Hofstra Stadium because it is a college campus. But the Cosmos stated they are working with Hofstra to see if a special deal can be worked out with the University.
Stover also let supporters know that they are going to be working on getting buses to run from Queens and Brooklyn to Hofstra on game days.
The Cosmos announced their participation in the NASL in early July of this year. Sources familiar with the organization said they were very slow in getting started. Stover and head coach Giovanni Savarese were only appointed within the last 30 days.
The NASL split season dates have still not been set, but the league has said they most likely will begin in late March or early April and go to July 4th. They will break for one month and then will start a new season in August which will run though to late October or early November. The winner of the spring/apertura will host the winner of the fall/clausura for the championship.
IMS will have a special commentary on this news later today.