The soccer world is abuzz as the legendary New York Cosmos are set to return to the NASL when they host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.
Cosmos legends Pelé and Carlos Alberto and the family of the late great Giorgio Chinaglia will be honored before the game.
“We can never forget the great memories of playing for the Cosmos,” said Pelé, the team’s Honorary President, in a statement from the league. “It’s good to have the team back, and to involve my friend and captain Carlos Alberto along with the family of Giorgio Chinaglia.”
The Atlanta Silverbacks earned the right to host Soccer Bowl in November when they captured the NASL’s spring season title in dramatic fashion, but the team has no plans to cruise during the fall.
“Other teams might think that we’re just going to take it easy because we’ve already booked our place in the final, but they’ll be in for a bit of a rude awakening if they do that,” warned Atlanta’s coach Brian Haynes. “I’m not in the least bit satisfied right now. Yes, we won the first half, but as far as I’m concerned, we could have done much better. We look forward to improving on the things we didn’t do well last season.”
The San Antonio Scorpions, who fell one point short of the Silverbacks in the spring season title chase, host the Tampa Bay Rowdies to start the fall season, just like they did to start the spring campaign.
“Tampa came in here for our opener, and we remember on their black board in the dressing room, seeing ‘Lets ruin the party’; and they did,” said Scorpions coach Tim Hankinson. “For us that’s big motivation.
“We fell short in the spring by one point, so its motivating to know that were we’re one point away from a championship. We got off to a slow start in the spring, so we are very focused on the Tampa game this Saturday.”
All four Week 1 games are slated for Aug. 3 and will be streamed live and can be watched via the NASL official website and at each respective team website.