Twice in a Lifetime? Report suggests Cosmos future may be on the brink

Ayoze [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Ayoze [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

After months of questions, the Cosmos continue to offer no answers as to the state of the club, their future home, season tickets, and what league they’ll play in with continued rumblings of the USL potentially landing Division Two status.

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.

25 thoughts on “Twice in a Lifetime? Report suggests Cosmos future may be on the brink

  1. Does this mean plans to join Liga MX or the Scottish Premier League are out?

    That’s a shame. Especially in light of the fact the team was all set to make that big move to Columbia University. alas.

  2. The Cosmos silence for such a long time has been frustrating but the no existence of the club ishould not shock anyone. Was and is MLS business model the solution for soccer to survive in the U..S? We can’t just blame USSF for not solidifying the soccer pyramid and say NASlL failures are a result of USSF ineptness. NASL is free to operate as they wish unfortunately several questionable business decisions were made and are paying the price for those decisions. As a season ticket holder since 2013 I had concerns of how the Cosmos organization expected to get strong support from Long Island residents. I don’t question the support from Long Island but attendance has prioven that LI is not ready. Poor business judgement from the Cosmos FO and NASL period.

    • Unfortunately, you’re right. We shouldn’t have expected the USSF to save the NASL from its own mistakes.

      But today, this just sucks. What an empty feeling.

    • Long Islanders only like festivals. I’m from Long Island and Nassau County alone with 1+ million residents can’t keep any pro team afloat on attendance. We don’t appreciate anything until it’s gone.

      • Irvin, by attending Cosmos matches, buying merchandise and frequenting this website you did what you could. The blame falls directly on the shoulders of a so called “stadium guy” and an absentee owner. If Seamus spoke with the supporters, someone with a degree in urban planning and minored in breathing with their mouth closed, or any NYer with a background in business and, or playing FiFA ’94 to present would have told him the Cosmos needed to be in 718 or bust. I did speak with one of his business affiliates this past May out east at some elitist gathering and he did say “Seamus is in this for the long haul. He will get this stadium built in Belmont or somewhere else. He didnt get to where he is by taking no for an answer,” so perhaps there is still reason to be hopeful. Although I will have to take your word on Long Island being good for festivals, I know it is good for its wine. God knows we could all use a bottle or two tonight.

    • Edit:: The Cosmos silence for such a long time has been frustrating but the no response from the club’s FO is a sign that the club’s future existence is in doubt.. Was and is MLS business model the solution for soccer to survive in the U..S? We can’t just blame USSF for not solidifying the soccer pyramid and say NASlL failures are a result of USSF ineptness. NASL is free to operate as they wish unfortunately several questionable business decisions were made and are paying the price for those decisions. As a season ticket holder since 2013 I had concerns of how the Cosmos organization expected to get strong support from Long Island residents. I don’t question the support from Long Island but attendance has prioven that LI is not ready. Poor business judgement from the Cosmos FO and NASL period

  3. Is this when MLS comes in and buys cosmos and puts them in the USL, and slowly but surely in MLS with new owners?
    This is serious stuff, cosmos has the biggest soccer history in the US and soccer is the only sport in the world that respects history and that doesn’t erase history.
    What cosmos need is serious owners and front office. There’s a thousand reasons why Minnesota, Portland, Seattle, Montreal, Vancouver made the MLS jump.
    Cosmos should think MLS MLS MLS MLS and make the jump with new owners.
    Too bad red bull is going through a renaissance due to nycfc but it’s never to late.
    Cosmos new owners= MLS

  4. People who are selling this team short might be in for a rude awakening and surprise within the next few weeks.

    Chins up fellas.

  5. One question I saw posed on Twitter has me scratching my head – How can the ownership offer to build a $400 million dollar stadium complex on one hand, and not be able to meet payroll on the other hand? Doesn’t make sense.

  6. Is this a headline to create something that will Eventually happen with the cosmos.
    For example:
    Cosmos go to USL
    Cosmos get new owners
    Cosmos get their stadium
    Cosmos move to citi field
    Cosmos go to MLS
    Cosmos dissapear again
    Cosmos stover quits
    All the above can actually happen but for now all we can do is wait.
    On the other hand sounders, timbers, Montreal, Vancouver (Minnesota) are all having fun in MLS. If sounders win MLS cup, that would be the cherry in top for cosmos issues. Cosmos should have been in MLS years ago…….

    • I think so. Back in the day, Cosmos fans were tri-state. It wasn’t just because the the star studded Cosmos were incredible, but also the location was in reach of so many as well. To have a “humble” Cosmos reboot version in Long Island wasn’t going to draw many not living within 1/2 hour or 45 mins or so. MCU could have drawn more…in my opinion.

  7. If the NASL folds and everything blows up, my pipe dream plan would be this:

    1)Cosmos join USL
    2)MLS would separate their USL development teams linked to them, rename them, and form an official MLS 2nd division. It would no longer be USL, but MLS.
    3) NASL surviving teams as well as the rest of USL teams form separate USL 1st and 2nd leagues not linked to MLS.
    This plan would actually give the USA some credibility and finally form a pro/rel system. Would something like this really happen? Like Garber once answered when asked about pro/rel: “not in my lifetime.”

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