The iconic team has signed former English Premier League superstar, Eric Cantona, as director of soccer.
The iconic New York Cosmos, a soccer club renowned for bringing Brazilian superstar Pele to a skeptical American public back in the 1970s, will soon be returning to New York City. Major League Soccer hopes to build upon the legacy the Cosmos’s brand, and has signed former English Premier League superstar, Eric Cantona, as director of soccer.
The Telegraph reports:
Wednesday’s announcement of the 44 year-old’s return to football for the first time since he walked away from Manchester United, aged just 30, in 1997, delivered the global publicity desired by Cosmos chairman Paul Kemsley, the former Tottenham vice-chairman, and his executive team of Rick Parry and Terry Byrne, David Beckham’s former personal manager.
Kemsley is understood to be working with Inner Circle, the sports’ specialist investment bank, in his attempt to relaunch the Cosmos, one of the most iconic sports brands of the 1970s prior to its collapse in 1985 following the failure of the North American Soccer League.
The MLS currently has 16 clubs, but is in an expansion phase, adding two more teams this year, and another in 2012. The Cosmos are slated to be the 20th team in anywhere from three to five years.
Truly representing an effort from the ground up, the Cosmos have no players and no stadium, and will most likely find a home in Queens.