December 1, 2012
Cosmos to kick off their 1st year in NASL's fall season
By Michael Lewis
CARSON, Calif. -- The New York Cosmos will begin their revival a little later than expected.
Cosmos COO Erik Stover on Saturday said the team will begin its second incarnation in the North American Soccer League in the fall season.
Stover made those remarks at a question and answer session at the team's fan supporters club, the Borough Boys, in New YOrk City.
"We've said from the beginning that when we returned to the field, we would do it in the right way," Stover said at the gathering. "This allows us the time we need to build our staff and operational capabilities in a professional manner. But most importantly, especially for our loyal fans, it gives us the necessary time to put a club on the field they can be proud of."
Schedule specifics, especially about the home opener, is expected to be announced by the league in the near future, a club spokesman said.
According to the NASL, the 2013 season will have two separate seasons -- spring and fall. The spring season will kick off in late March or early April and run through Thursday, July 4. Teams will get about a month off before commencing the fall season, which is expected to run from late July or early August through Nov. 2. The mid-summer break will occur during the international transfer window.
The winner of the spring championship will host the fall championship victor in Soccer Bowl as the league's champion. If the same team wins both seasons, the team with the second-best record for full year's games will play.
The Cosmos will call Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Long Island home.