With no answers coming from the club, some thoughts on how the Cosmo have been run has come from Ayoze, a staple of the team and a member of the 2016 NASL Starting XI. His recent interview with Marca painted an unflattering image of how things were being run.
“It has been painful, regrettable…that they have let a historic club, through which several of the best players of all time have come through, die like this,” said the Spaniard. “Everything has been the fault of bad management, I do not know if they realize what they have done.”
“We did not think it was going to disappear, but it did not surprise us either. It was commented on during the year that the club was looking for a new owner to move on.”
The Cosmos made a splash, winning a title in their first season and making trips to Hong Kong, England, the UAE, El Salvador, Spain, and Cuba along the way, signing players like Raul and Marcos Senna. But the budget cuts that followed in 2016 were evident to those who observed the club, as well as those who played for it.
“There were innumerable cuts and the sporting side was neglected a lot. We trained on a disastrous field.”Having been to that field many times for practice, TICC can wholeheartedly agree that the conditions of that pitch were extremely poor.
As we now know, money issues hounded the team and soon spread into payroll.
“We realized that the situation was more serious than we thought because payment problems arose, especially with the employees of the offices. They owed us a pay cycle, as well.”
It’s since been discovered that employees of the club went multiple pay cycles without seeing a check and, according to employees who have been terminated, they will not see that money until nearly Christmas.
Players have also reportedly been dropped from the team and the farewell messages of several reinforce that fact. Curiously, though, Ayoze maintains that he’s still contracted with the team through next year.
Could anything have avoided these issues? The defender has a thought and controversy will definitely fly over this one.
“Our opinions won’t matter anymore, but they should have tried to enter MLS from the start.”
“Everything would be different now.”
It’s not an easy topic to debate but, based on the success of NYCFC, one does have to wonder how the team’s fortunes might have looked there instead this year. But, that debate is not for here. His next thought, though…that’s something many Cosmos fans should be able to get behind.
“The way everything finished, after four years, creates a great disappointment. It leaves you to think that they have been playing with the feeling of professionals, their families.”
Every individual with a stake in this club has been failed. The staff, the players and, of course, the fans. All while the club dies silently.