But today, Empire of Soccer released a bombshell of a story, indicating that the questions may not be limited to these items, but may include their very existence.
The budget cuts have been noticeable, both in terms of players signed and the gameday experience, but what wasn’t seen was how far down the cuts went.
According to Empire, 60%-80% of front office staff may be on furlough as you read this. Some of those staff members may yet be waiting to be paid by the club. To what should be nobody’s surprise, most of the staff affected by the furlough may be in ticket sales. Why not? It’s been over two weeks since the club won the 2016 NASL title and they have yet to make any moves towards securing fans for next season.
The report indicates staff are looking for employment options for next year. TICC’s sources have told us that this is indeed the case, painting an even more alarming image of the club.
Pay issues may also have affected the players on the field as a squad that had dropped noticeably in payroll from their 2015 season was also owed pay this month and players may be getting shopped for transfer, another portion of the story that TICC can confirm via information shared with us.
With the NASL already losing three clubs to MLS and USL, and with two more uncertainties in the Strikers and Rayo, the news of the potential loss of their flagship team couldn’t come at a worse time. The Board of Governors meetings occurring this week will likely discuss this additional hurdle.
But, for Cosmos fans, what’s left? The club has yet to offer any answers and with rumors already swirling about their state for next year, a report from an credible site like Empire of Soccer only makes the picture darker.
TICC has reached out to the club for comment.