With the conclusion of the Cosmos preseason trip in California, they will continue their training in Florida and play a match against Boca Raton FC of the American Premier Soccer League on Saturday, March 12th.
Boca Raton FC are the 2015 APSL Fall Tournament champions, going undefeated in the eight team competition and earning qualification for the 2016 US Open Cup. In late January, they played host to Ukrainian powerhouse FC Shakhtar Donetsk, quite the achievement for an amateur side that just started up last May. After taking a surprise lead in the second minute, they would drop the game 5-1.
“Having a team like the New York Cosmos come visit us here in Boca Raton to play a friendly versus Boca Raton FC is a tremendous opportunity not only for our club but for the entire City of Boca Raton,” said Boca Raton FC Head Coach and General Manager Marcelo Castillo. “We are very excited to host the New York Cosmos.”
With just over a month left until the start of the 2016 NASL season, the match offers an opportunity for some fine-tuning in warmer temperatures, something that’s been a priority for the club.
“It’s the final month of our preseason, so we want to continue getting better as a unit,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “Traveling to South Florida to train and match up with Boca Raton FC is a good opportunity as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
No word yet on an international friendly, something we heard the Cosmos were working on. After this, the next preseason match currently on the schedule is a trip to South Carolina and the Charleston Battery on March 19th.