I typically do not like to take to my blog to give personal opinions or rant about a topic. Recently however there has been a particular NY Soccer website that seems to be constantly finding a way to bash the New York Cosmos and spin just about every piece of Cosmos news in a negative light. In a time where one can argue that things are going very well for the Cosmos, any type of negative rhetoric to me just seems absurd.
We all know that the Cosmos play in what is perceived to be the United States second division of soccer, the NASL. Why they are playing there is another topic of discussion all together. However since their return to the NASL, the Cosmos have consistently been making headlines and helping to put soccer back on the map not only in New York, but also in the United States. Since the day they announced that Emirates Air would sponsor their kits, the Cosmos have been raising the bar in the NASL and have put MLS on notice that soccer in the United States is not isolated to “designated picks” and exaggerated “franchise fees”. Their marquee signing in 2013 was Marcos Senna, a former Spain national player who had much success with Villareal in Spain’s La Liga. Senna was instrumental in helping the Cosmos capture the NASL Fall 2013 championship as well as the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl crown. In between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the Cosmos would take two international trips. The first was to Spain to play Villareal, Senna’s former club in an testimonial exhibition match for Senna. Then in March, the team travelled to Dubai where they would hold their preseason workouts, extend their sponsorship deal with Emirates Air and accelerate conversations with former Real Madrid star, Raul.
All this and the 2014 season has yet to begin. They are currently siting in 2nd place n the NASL with a possibility of still capturing the spring NASL title this Sunday if they have a little bit of luck from the Tampa Bay Rowdies. They are on the verge of playing a historic soccer match as far as NY Soccer history is concerned when they play the Red Bulls on Saturday June 14th as part of the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Even if the Cosmos lose both of these matches, they have already made their impact on NY Soccer.
Of course the team constantly reminds us of their storied past. If you had the history that the New York Cosmos do, wouldn’t you reflect on it every now and then? This weekend they will again make headlines as they retire Giorgio Chinaglia’s #9 jersey prior to their match against the Ottaw Fury. They will follow up this moment on Monday night with a charity dinner for the Chinaglia Foundation where it is expected that several big names in soccer will be coming out to celebrate the life of Giorgio Chinaglia and assist in raising more funds for the Chinaglia Foundation.
These aren’t one time headlines, these are headlines that have been consistently coming out over time with more sure to follow. Further, those headlines that will follow in the future, will in no way require knee jerk reactions by the team’s front office simply because other clubs in NY want to spend money to make headlines. Things have always just flowed with the New York Cosmos. They did in the past, and there is no reason why they should not today. For a team that has already made their impact on New York, there is never a need to be forced to make a headline. For teams that haven’t been around, well let’s just say their path will be a little different.