Above is the phrase Cosmos fans and media heard whenever they queried the New York Cosmos on the turmoil surrounding the NASL and the off the field struggles of the club.
This, of course, is the correct stance to take as winning hardware should be the priority. However, now that the Cosmos are 2016 NASL Champions, there is little time to celebrate as many fans are very concerned about what lies ahead.
Multiple sources have confirmed to TICC that any deal to play the 2017 home season at MCU Park in Brooklyn is still not completed. As of right now, the New York Cosmos have no home field for next season.
Rumors are also swirling regarding Gio Savarese receiving offers from MLS clubs as well as some getting some interest overseas. If Gio does depart the club, which no one can blame him for advancing his career, fans could walk away as some do cite Gio as the reason they still come out to matches.
The league is in a very delicate spot as all signs point to Rayo OKC folding up meaning with the addition of San Francisco and the loss of Minnesota to MLS and the two clubs (Tampa and Ottawa) going to USL, the league will be at 9 teams next year.
Normally, as a fan you want to take a few days and enjoy the title your club just won but there are too many serious questions out there that need answers NOW.
We are five months away from the new season and there is no venue and season ticket renewals have not started. If the way the tickets to the finals were handled is an indicator on what is to come in the ticket department, there will be a lot of angry customers.
We have called for a town hall between the front office and the supporters of this club for several months now. We would love to enjoy the third title in four seasons for a long period of time. Lets face it, this team is an NASL dynasty right now. However, there are too many serious questions that need to be answered and they need to be answered right now.
This evening, the boys on the field did their job and lifted the trophy. Now, all eyes are on Seamus O’Brien.
It’s been less than 24 hours since the club established themselves as the 2016 NASL champion. Most clubs and fans (and even us) would love to bask in the light of this one.
Cosmos Country, it’s been a helluva year. We’ve lost players to transfer and we’ve lost them to injury (come back strong Seba Guenzatti and Lucky Mkosana).
We’ve lost enormous portions of the fan base. We’ve lost them to apathy, to other clubs, and to a feeling that this club sometimes displays a lack of direction.
The Cosmos have repeatedly stated a desire to compete at the highest levels and their belief in the NASL to help them achieve this. Yet, the messaging coming out of the recent league summit is that the league intends to work closely with the USSF, MLS, and USL, thus putting them in a position that may not line up with the Cosmos’ previously stated goals.
And that’s without taking into account that it feels like this league is falling apart. The league has already experienced an unprecedented round of contraction and the futures of certain clubs (their existence or continued participation in the NASL) are in question.
Hell, people are questioning whether the league will be around after next season.
And all this without knowing what home field is next year.
For these reasons, this post is necessary, even if it seems impatient. And that’s because the club has repeatedly put answers on hold until after a Soccer Bowl.
We’re not the only ones who’ve called for answers from the club. Questions abound. And with this Championship in the bag, it’s time for those answers to flow.
Mr. O’Brien, we once again look to you for these answers. The fans of the Cosmos deserve them. A town hall would go far in re-assuring the fans about the future of this club.
It’s in your hands. Along with that shiny new trophy.