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Yes, I want the New York Cosmos to come back, because I believe it would give the MLS more international flair and recognition.

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Yes, I want the the New York Cosmos to come back, but I don't believe they have a special impact on the MLS' international flair and recognition.

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No, I don't want the New York Cosmos in the MLS.

The New York Cosmos put U.S. soccer on the world stage in the 1970s. For those who are old enough to remember, soccer exploded in the United States when Pele, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia and many other international superstars joined the Cosmos in New York City, stunning an American audience and the American sports world.

Since then, soccer grew into a sport played by millions of kids across the country, and U.S. teams became serious contenders in international competition in all age groups and for men and women alike, but Cosmos hasn’t had a team since 1985. The New York Cosmos is now making a comeback and on its way to becoming an expansion team in the MLS. Still infused with flair, fabulousness and the promise of greatness, the club has lost none of its international name recognition or the ability to rally masses around the world, more than any other sports team in the United States. The Cosmos could take club soccer in the United States into its rightful future.

The New York Cosmos is without a doubt the most well known U.S. soccer club in the world. It’s the only club with an international reputation beyond the CONCACAF. This is my personal opinion, but it is shared by many foreign experts in the sport.   While in some cases the MLS has not been popular, and neither has Cosmos, the name “Cosmos” made people talk about American soccer.  Even people with no interest in soccer recognize the New York Cosmos and associate the name with "good times in soccer."

I don’t intend to talk down the other clubs in the MLS or the MLS itself, but it is a fact that plays an important role in the history of the Cosmos.  The club created a significant "buzz" when it first came about and much of that excitement is still around.  Many experts even say that without Cosmos, there would be no U.S. soccer today.  Whether that is true or not doesn't really matter, the fact is the New York Cosmos still has that "buzz", and that is a buzz that could be put to good use by all in U.S. soccer, and should.

Some say that the Cosmos should not come back doing the same stuff it did in the  1970s with buying all the world stars out there. That will not happen; the rules and structure of the MLS take care of that.  As Commissioner Garber said, “they will have to play by our rules.” The Cosmos have already agreed.

To the right are links to reports about the Cosmos. The number of articles and the newspapers publishing them confirm that the Cosmos is still exciting.  Not all the reports are supportive of Cosmos’ comeback but that's just how it is in international soccer.  No one’s always nice to Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan or Bayern Munich.





Businesses that support the New York Cosmos come back:

The organizations above are the first to understand the “business power” of the Cosmos’ potential to reach deep into the multicultural New York City small and midsized business world. They express their support for the Cosmos. They understand that the Cosmos is not in competition with other sports organizations, but is an incredible addition to the list of opportunities for businesses in the sports world.

The displayed organizations and their leaders have the ability to reach and directly connect well over 20,000 businesses that cater to millions of consumers. These organizations successfully produce networking events, exhibitions and other important events supporting the New York City small and midsized business world. Their leaders are experts in marketing, PR and communications and have their fingers on the pulse of the business world.

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In the International Press:

Irish Examiner: How Cosmos could conquer the world

FoxSoccer: Cannavaro leads Cosmos at Old Traffort against Man United

NY Times - The Cosmos want to take the field again

ESPN.com – When soccer ruled the USA

The Independent – Good luck Cantona. Recreating those exciting Cosmos days is one tall task

The Guardian – Cosmos Glory

They were Kings

Web sites and Blogs in support of the Cosmos:

Borough Boys Supporters Club

This is Cosmos Country

Total Footblog

Jack Demsey’s

First Touch Online.com

My posts about the New York Cosmos

Cosmos New York U23 landing first win in Premier Development League – From Monsignor Farrell High School to Old Trafford

The New York Cosmos - Why Cosmos can be the best thing that ever happened to US soccer

The tournament that could attract millions in New York City and surroundings and become the biggest soccer and multicultural event in New York City: