Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York - During the halftime of the Copa NYC final match between Poland and Jamaica, Brazilian great Pele made a rare appearance to announce the return of the once NASL five-time powerhouse champion, the New York Cosmos.
As the Cosmos Honorary President, Pele made it clear to the thousands of fans in attendance that the goal of this Cosmos organization is to develop a Youth Program that will develop world-class players.
As stated in their Press Release:
"The New York Cosmos have already agreed to a unique partnership with Queens-based youth club BW Gottschee, who has 60 years of experience, passion and success at a local and national level.
"The Cosmos Academy, as they will be known, will field teams from U12-U18 and participate in the US Soccer Development Academy."
"Furthermore, The New York Cosmos have acquired the Copa NYC tournament, and beyond running it every year in New York, they will be looking to expand it both domestically and internationally in order to engage more local communities to participate in the ‘global game’ at a grassroots level."
Along with this announcement, New York Cosmos are aspiring to becoming the second New York team for Major League Soccer.
A date hasn't been set when it will actually happen. For more information, please visit www.nycosmos.com
On the day the New York Cosmos announced their return, Poland defeated Jamaica 5-4 in penalties to win the 2010 Copa NYC when former Red Bulls forward, Chris Karcz converted his penalty kick.
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