“We are thrilled with the return of the Cosmos, if not this year but very soon, we are going to have the same team we had before.
Shep Messing, former Cosmos goalkeeper:
“We are very excited. Carlos and I, we've talked the last 25 years wherever we meet … we’re asking, ‘What about the Cosmos? For us, what we wish for this team, is we want them to be very proud of history but we don’t want them to be burdened with our legacy. We want them to create their own identity and I think we saw the first step.”
Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese:
“We’re very happy to have started the future of the Cosmos. Today’s match was a complicated one, like all of them will be in this league. From the very beginning, they made it hard for us, but eventually our team started moving the ball more quickly. That was the key for us. “
Cosmos defender Carlos Mendes:
“It’s an honor to play for this club. To get the three points was key. We had a good preseason and leading up to this with all the excitement, we could feel the energy. It was an incredible atmosphere. As players it gives you the extra push. We want to thank all the fans and we’re just happy that we could get the three points. That’s what we’re here to do to continue the Cosmos tradition and win games.”
Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna:
The Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. This included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto.
It had been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer club, have played in a professional league. Yet throughout their absence, the club has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following.
On Aug. 3, 2012, the New York Cosmos returned to the NASL with a dramatic 2-1 victory against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Tickets are available at www.nycosmos.com and by dialing 855-71-COSMOS.
The Cosmos also recently submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park. More information about the proposal and renderings can be found at www.newcosmosstadium.com.
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