February 11, 2013
AUGUST 3, 2013
Cosmos open their NASL fall season at home vs. the Strikers
The New York Cosmos will return to competitive soccer against a familar foe on Aug. 3.
In their first game in the North American Soccer League, the Cosmos will take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Hempstead, N.Y. That match will be held at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University.
The club also announced ticket pricing for its 2013 season, which is the NASL's fall season.
“We’re thrilled to return to the playing field against our historic rivals and take this first step towards returning to the top and delivering the New York Cosmos to the stature and prominence they deserve,” Cosmos COO Erik Stover said in a statement. “We've been working as hard as we can to put together the best possible club and we're excited to see this team take the field.”
The Cosmos and Strikers last met on May 8, 1983. Six years earlier, the two teams participated in one of the most memorable soccer games held on U.S. soil. On Aug. 14, 1977, 77,691 fans packed Giants Stadium for a playoff matchup, setting the then-U.S. attendance record for a game between two club teams. The pair also contested Soccer Bowl ’80 with the Cosmos prevailing, 3-0, and winning their fourth title.
The NASL fall season concludes Nov. 9. Each of the eight participating teams will play the other seven teams in the league once at home and once on the road for a total of 14 games. The winner of the Spring Championship will host the winner of the Fall Schedule in a “winner-take-all” match in the NASL Soccer Bowl to determine the 2013 NASL Champion. The Soccer Bowl will take place the weekend of Nov. 16.
Cosmos season ticket packages for the 2013 Fall Season range from $96 to $224 per seat, with all-inclusive Club Seat packages available for $680 per seat. The club is currently accepting deposits for priority access once season tickets go on sale. Further details can be found at nycosmos.com/tickets.
Most of the Cosmos home games will be played on Saturday nights.
Aug. 3 -- FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS, 7 p.m.
Aug. 10 -- at Tampa Bay Rowdies, TBD
Aug. 17 -- at Carolina RailHawks, TBD
Aug. 24 -- SAN ANTONIO SCORPIONS, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 -- at FC Edmonton, TBD
Sept. 7 -- ATLANTA SILVERBACKS, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 -- MINNESOTA STARS, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 -- at Fort Lauderdale Strikers, TBD
Sept. 28 -- TAMPA BAY ROWDIES, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 -- At Minnesota Stars, TBD
Oct. 12 -- CAROLINA RAILHAWKS, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 -- FC EDMONTON, 4 P.M.
Oct. 26 -- at San Antonio Scorpions, TBD
Nov. 2 -- at Atlanta Silverbacks, TBD