Last season, the New York Cosmos brought the North American Soccer League Championship home to Long Island as they beat the Ottawa Fury 3-2 and reached seventh heaven—they became champions for the seventh time. All Island Transportation has decided to write a blog in honor of the Hempstead-based Soccer Bowl victors as we excitedly anticipate what will no doubt be another standout season!
The 2016 Season Begins
The Cosmos’ preseason begins on Saturday, February 20 with an international friendly match against the Ararat Yerevan Football Club, an Armenian Premier League team. After three more matches against the Fresno Fuego, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Charleston Battery—all of which are away—the regular season kicks off.
In their return to Long Island on April 3, the Cosmos take on the other 2015 Soccer Bowl contender, the Ottawa Fury for an opening day match. The Cosmos will play 10 matches during the 2016 Spring Season, five on the road and five at home, taking on each team once. The Fall Season, which begins on July 2, consists of 22 games—11 at home and 11 on the road.
2016 Predictions for the New York Cosmos
Despite the retirement of two seasoned veterans, Brazilian midfielder Marcos Senna and the legendary Real Madrid forward Raúl González Blanco, hopes remain high for the New York Cosmos in 2016. Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer and Mineola’s own Carlos Mendes will be returning for the season. Younger players to be on the watch for include midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti, who was the fourth-highest goal scorer on the team in 2015, and David Diosa, a 23-year old forward who has gained a bit of experience in the NASL now.
As lovers of all things Long Island, we place our faith in the defending champs. All Island predicts that the New York Cosmos will be repeat NASL champions for the first time since the 1977 and 1978 seasons!
Find the Cosmos off the Pitch
If you’re interested in seeing the Cosmos off the field, check out these events:
- March 5 and 6: Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention
- March 6: Mineola Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
- March 19: Rockville Centre Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
If you’re eager to watch some live Cosmos action, consider investing in one of their ticket packages.
The 2-game pack includes a seat at their regular season home opener on April 3, another ticket to either the April 10 or May 1 game as well as an exclusive shirt featuring the legendary former Cosmo, Pelé, starting at $28.
The 4-game plan grants you a ticket to the home opener, the game on April 10, the Spring Finale and the Open Cup MLS Round. The 4-game plan starts at $56.
Finally, the 8-game plan includes a ticket to the home opener and two games of your choice for the Spring Season. For the Fall Season, you’ll get tickets to the home opener and three games of your choice.
Stay in the Loop with Social Media
To make sure you’re up to date with all the latest Cosmos news, make sure you follow them on social media!
All images courtesy of nycosmos.com.