For the third consecutive season, the Cosmos will feel the pains of attempting to schedule postseason play at Hofstra University.
And for the second time, it will involve an NASL Final.
According to a report from Big Apple Soccer, should the Cosmos advance to the NASL Championship Final, availability at Hofstra might be difficult to find.
“There is limited availability at Shuart Stadium for the Championship weekend,” Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover told Big Apple Soccer. “We have been working with the league on the best solution since the schedule was announced in January and hope to finalize plans in the coming weeks.”
The university is set to host the Nassau County Section VIII football semifinals form Thursday, November 10th to Saturday, November 12th. But what about availability on Sunday?
“Hofstra is limited for championship weekend but we are working around it,” TICC was told by a Cosmos spokesperson when we inquired about that day.
The Cosmos hosted the Final last year, also on a Sunday.
Last year, the club was forced to move their semifinal to MCU Park, where they hosted the Strikers. They were eliminated in the 2014 semifinal by the San Antonio Scorpions, but would have run into similar scheduling issues had they advanced.
With plenty of buzz revolving around a potential move to Brooklyn and their previous postseason history, one could question whether the club could move the match to MCU Park like last year, but there are a number of factors that make it different from last year.
The club has not played there at all this year, unlike the one regular-season match they held there in early 2015. The absence of a retiring Raul could also impact attendance and, if that’s not enough, that chill from the Atlantic in November hitting the ocean-side stadium might change a few minds.
“MCU Park is unlikely,” the spokesperson added.
With Belson looking unlikely due to capacity issues, the question remains where the Cosmos could host should their form carry them into their second straight Final and third in four seasons.