Sunday wrapped up the final day in Dubai for The New York Cosmos and true to form for the team, it was a grand and fitting end to what was a historic trip for the NASL club.
Cosmos Chairman Seaumus O’brien and Honarary President Pele, met with Emirates officials on Sunday to announce that Emirates Air has extended their sponsorship deal with the team for another two years.
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“It would seem the Emirates’ magic has worked again,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, the airline’s Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre. “The New York Cosmos’ progress is nothing short of meteoric and the extension of our sponsorship agreement enables this wonderful journey with Emirates to continue. As our cabin crew say ‘Welcome back on board.’”
“We are honored to be associated with such a world-class brand,” New York Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien said. “This agreement underlines how much both organizations value this relationship and the new deal reaffirms Emirates’ belief in what we are trying to achieve at the Cosmos.”
“Emirates has played a big part in the reboot of the New York Cosmos,” Pelé said. “It’s wonderful that they’ll play a key role in the team’s future too and that we remain part of the Emirates’ soccer family.”
With Emirates extending their commitment to the team, the team has secured more financial backing to continue their pursuit to be the best team in North America which has been the goal of the team since it’s reboot. Securing this will prove to be essential as the team will likely continue to add players as it heads into the summer months and they embark on their pursuit of the US open Cup.
With the club business in hand earlier in the day, the team faced off against Emirates Club for their third and final preseason match while in Dubai. The Cosmos found themselves in unfamiliar territory early on. In the 15th minute, Ayoze was given a red card for an illegal clearance off the lined with his hand. Emirates Club would convert the penalty kick to take 1-0 lead however the damage was two fold as the Cosmos would have to play the remainder of the match with only 10 men. Early in the second half, Emirates Club would find the back of the net once again for a 2-0 lead.
In the 63rd minute the Cosmos are awarded a penalty kick when Stefan Dimitrov is pulled down just before a clear breakaway. In a rare sight, Marcos Senna was unable to convert the penalty kick and the Cosmos let a key chance slip away.
Shortly after Senna’s miss, Jimmy Ockford would net his second preseason goal in as many matches to bring the Cosmos within one. The young MLS draftee has surely been a bright spot so far for the Cosmos this preseason.
The match would end 2-1 in favor of Emirates Club but not before Marcos Senna and Danny Szetela both sent strong shots that came close with both shots hitting the crossbars.
For the Cosmos, it was no question a memorable trip to Dubai. The team played three preseason matches and played all three of them tough. Regardless of the outcomes the team looks strong and look to get stronger on they return to NY. Once they arrive home on Monday they will have 27 days until their opening day match against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Can you feel it – opening day is getting nearer!