On a cold winter night, it is easy to remember how hard and long the off season can be. I for one had decided to take some weeks off and clear my mind off of the Cosmos but found that to be very short lived. Here I am again!
As most fans out there might agree, when you’re passionate about something, its very difficult to throw it in the closet and just forget about it. For fans of the New York Cosmos its especially hard to do because there is a sense of pride that has been instilled, not only from the first rendition of the New York Cosmos, but also ever since they returned to play in August of 2013.
Since day one of the reboot era Cosmos fans, both new and old, have been treated to several moments that have provided them with a sense of pride that only wearing the green and white can bring.
The Cosmos have done a fine job by honoring their past by having Pele be present at both home openers in 2013 and 2014 and by also having a special day to retire Giorgio Chinaglia’s number from the team. While they have paid homage to the past, they have also realized the significance of playing for now. The signing of a marquis players such as Marcos Senna and Carlos Mendes have allowed them to build a true team that young players could learn from while providing the stability that veteran such as Senna & Mendes bring. With the passionate and steady hand of head Coach Giovanni Savarese at the helm, the Cosmos would accomplish the very difficult task of winning the NASL championship in their first season back in November of 2013 and notch the sixth championship in the club’s history.
While their second year was not as rewarding, the team fell short of a championship. However, the Cosmos treated their fans to a masterful win over the cross town rivals the New York Red Bulls in June as part of their first appearance ever in the US Open Cup. The Cosmos came very close to advancing even further in the US Open cup as they came very close to getting past the Philadelphia Union in the very next match. While disappointed at the fact that they did not win the US Open Cup, the Cosmos know what to expect for their 2015 and can hold their heads high that they were able to beat two of their local rivals during their run in the tournament.
On Tuesday, the Cosmos take the next step on revitalizing their brand even more when they hold what is sure to be an exemplary press conference to introduce their latest signing, former Real Madrid legend, Raul Gonzalez Blanco. The long courtship of Raul has been followed closely by media around the world. That in itself has given the Cosmos global recognition once again as major participants in the US soccer landscape. Of course, Raul will be coming to New York to not only play but to help launch the Cosmos youth academy and to show US Soccer that the Cosmos have their eyes on the future. While they still do not play in what is considered to be the US first division, the Cosmos are content for now with where they are and vow to continue to build their club until it is the best team in North America no matter what league they play in.
The fact that management has this as their goal is admirable and one that Cosmos fans all over the world should be proud of. With Raul donning the green and white officially tomorrow for the first time, you can bet that players around the world will see this and might start to set their eyes on New York and the Cosmos. I would be willing to wager that Tuesday will not be the last press conference that the Cosmos will hold to introduce exemplary players.
Tomorrow might be a special day for fans of the green and white when they present Raul. For me, I see it as another opportunity for fans to beat their chests and feel what I know I feel, the dignity and pride of being a fan of the New York Cosmos!
I will be fortunate enough to be at the press conference tomorrow. I hope to have pics and other tidbits from yet another proud moment of being a Cosmos Soccer Fan! Come back tomorrow!