Posted on September 25, 2012
In a move that should not be surprising, the New York Cosmos announced on Tuesday they will play next season at Hofstra University.
The Cosmos played at the Hempstead, N.Y. stadium in their second and third years of their existence in the original North American Soccer League in 1972 and 1973. They will call James M. Shuart Stadium, which has a capacity o 13,000, home.
When the Cosmos announced they were going to play in the current version of the NASL in July, a source told TropiGol.com that Hofstra was the leading candidate for the team’s home.
“Hofstra is the perfect place for us to return to the pitch,” Cosmos chairman Seamus O’Brien said in a statement. “The stadium is part of Cosmos history and lore, and is located in the heartland of our great fan base on Long Island.”
Hofstra vice president and director of athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway welcomed the Cosmos.
“We are delighted to welcome the New York Cosmos back to James M. Shuart Stadium and look forward to New York Cosmos supporters – old and new – once again enjoying first class professional soccer at our fabulous stadium,” he said in a statement.
The Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the original NASL, winning five Soccer Bowls and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer history to North America. The Cosmos last won the Soccer Bowl in 1982.
The Cosmos hope to release details of their 2013 schedule and ticketing information at the end of October.
Categories: North America, U.S.A.
Tags: James M. Shuart Stadium, Jeffrey A. Hathaway, New York Cosmos, North American Soccer League, Seamus O'Brien, Soccer Bowl