If you are a New Yorker and a soccer fan, you are in for a treat. On Saturday, July 30th the iconic New York Cosmos will host for the first time ever in history the newcomer of the North American Soccer League, Puerto Rico FC. You don’t want to miss this special event. This game promises to be beyond special for many reasons.
NEW YORK COSMOS: THE REBIRTH OF THE U.S. SOCCER ICON
In case you are unfamiliar with the New York Cosmos, they are a true institution in American soccer. Founded in 1970 the franchise is the one that created the soccer culture in the United States. It was, by far, the most prestigious and the most powerful team of the North American Soccer League. The glorious past of the New York Cosmos was mainly fueled by the signing of various soccer legends such as Giorgio Chinaglia, Franz Beckenbauer, and of course the king Pelé.
Unfortunately, the Cosmos slowly declined following Pelé’s retirement, so did the North American Soccer League. Attendances dropped, the league’s television deal was lost, and it finally folded in 1985. A new Cosmos team was created in August 2010 started to play in the second-tier North American Soccer League during the fall 2013 season. The New York Cosmos are now back on top of the league. They won the 2015 NASL Championship and are currently at the fourth place of the fall season and at the second spot of the combined season, with the same amount of point than Indy Eleven.
Tonight marks our 100th competitive match since the reboot. Thanks for all the support, Cosmos Country. pic.twitter.com/U6p6PszmNp
— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) July 27, 2016
PUERTO RICO FC: A PASSIONATE AND AMBITIOUS CHALLENGER
Puerto Rico FC was founded in 2015. The team, owned by NBA star Carmelo Anthony, just made its debut in the NASL in the 2016 fall season. While they are currently tenth of the fall season, they still have time to catch up. With the help of their fans and with the support of the vibrant Puerto Rican community of New York City, there’s no doubt that they will do whatever it takes to win to honor their team and their supporters!
— Puerto Rico FC (@PRFootballClub) July 27, 2016