The North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos have had a strong run since returning to the pitch in 2013. An organization with deep historic roots in North America soccer, the Cosmos have enjoyed a successful stretch that included the 2013 NASL Championship crown, defeating spring league champion Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0.
That has carried over into 2014 with second place in the spring standings, just one point behind first-place Minnesota United FC while recently posting a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1).
Here is a rundown of the New York Cosmos’ recent accomplishments, as well as some noteworthy historic background, as they prepare for hosting Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls on Saturday, June 14, for ussoccer.com’s “Game of the Week,” which will be streamed live starting at 8:30 p.m. ET:
- The Cosmos were originally founded in 1970 and played 14 seasons in the original NASL with the likes of Brazil soccer legend Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia. The club dissolved in 1985, but eventually returned in 2010 and announced in 2012 that they would be playing in the NASL starting in 2013.
- Head coach Giovanni Savarese played professional soccer from 1986 to 2004, making 322 appearances and scoring 159 goals. He played for 15 teams in his long career, most notably scoring 41 goals in 81 appearances for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 1996-98 and making 31 appearances for Swansea City and scoring 11 goals in 2000-01. Savarese also made 30 appearances for the Venezuelan National Team, scoring 10 goals from 1989-2001.
- The Cosmos most recently defeated Ottawa Fury FC 1-0 in New York on a goal by Alessandro Noselli.
- Forward Mads Stokkelien led the Cosmos with three goals and three assists in the spring season.
- Defenders Carlos Mendes and Ayoze Garcia Perez, along with forward Sabastian Ignacio Guenzatti Varena, each have two goals on the season.
- The Cosmos will play their next NASL game on July 12 against the San Antonio Scorpions, currently sitting in third place with 17 points.
- Defender Carlos Mendes serves as captain of the Cosmos. Mendes has played in MLS for the New York Red Bulls (2005-11) and the Columbus Crew (2012).
- Midfielder Marcos Senna has six career goals for the Cosmos, good for first place in club history.