New York Cosmos Look to Make a Comeback
New group acquires the name and made Pele its president
Pele, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President of the United States Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati chat before the announcement of the return of the World Renowned New York Cosmos at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
A new group has acquired the name of the old Cosmos team of the North American Soccer League and made Pele its honorary president.
The Cosmos said Sunday they have acquired the Copa NYC tournament and said their goal is to re-establish the team as "a part of Major League Soccer."
The Cosmos had Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto in their most popular years but folded in 1985, a year after the NASL.
MLS commissioner Don Garber said a goal of his league is to have a second team in the New York area to form a rivalry with the Red Bulls, who play in New Jersey. Garber has held talks with the Wilpon family, owner of baseball's New York Mets.
Published at 7:13 AM EDT on Aug 2, 2010
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