Cosmos to face Liga side Eibar in Las Vegas friendly

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Graphic: @LaLigaEN

According to La Liga’s English Twitter account, the New York Cosmos will play a friendly on May 25th against La Liga side SD Eibar. The game will take place in Las Vegas, although additional details are still unavailable. 

TICC received word from the Cosmos that the match is likely and just waiting on contracts to be finalized.

The Spanish club’s match against the Cosmos will be one of at least two being played with the other, a friendly against Philadelphia Fury of the ASL, coming three days earlier on May 22nd in Philadephia. At time of writing, Eibar currently sit 12th on the Liga table with 42 points going 11-9-16.

On the Cosmos’ end, this gets more complicated. The May 25th date puts the match squarely in the middle of a two-game Cosmos home stand with their match against the Rowdies on the 22nd before they host Georgios Samaras, Billy Forbes, Michel, and the other weapons of Rayo OKC on May 28th, two of the last three games in their spring season.

While I am excited about a potential friendly against a club in the top flight from Spain, the timing of the match worries me with the Cosmos in a precarious spot for the spring title. I’d also wonder if the Cosmos recent interest in Nexxfield, as Cosmos COO Erik Stover talks about on our recent show, might mean a test run could occur here.

This could also serve as a demonstration for the NASL, both as a move for exposure and perhaps a way to smooth the path for NASL expansion to Las Vegas after a previous attempt to package the San Antonio Scorpions brand and move it there failed to get approval from the league’s Board of Governors.


Thoughts from the TICC team this morning


7 thoughts on “Cosmos to face Liga side Eibar in Las Vegas friendly

  1. I’m not a fan of this. However, I think part of the appeal of playing for the Cosmos is trips like this.

    • I’m split. Timing is pretty bad, comparable to Cuba last year. As someone pointed out to me, the Open Cup is also right around the corner.

  2. Maybe they are going to move to Las Vegas if the Belmont Stadium doesn’t work out. ;-). I’m sure they have a reason. You wonder who they are going to play in that game. I wouldn’t think they would sacrifice the spring season unless they think is really important. I’m sure you will ask Erik or Gio when you get a chance.

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