January 7, 2017
THEY WILL BE BACK
Cosmos confirm that they will return to NASL for 2017
y Michael Lewis
The Cosmos confirmed Saturday that they will return for the 2017 North American Soccer League season.
Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover made the announcement.
"The New York Cosmos can confirm full participation in the 2017 North American Soccer League season," he said in a statement. "The affirmation of Division II status for the NASL allows us to move forward with confidence.
"We have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time, including signing players and rebuilding our roster. That work begins in earnest now. We will have more information about the club and our year ahead in the coming days."
On Friday night, the U.S. Soccer board of directors granted the NASL provisional Division II status, paving the way for the Cosmos to return.
The NASL will house eight teams this season: FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Miami FC, North Carolina FC, Puerto Rico FC, the expansion San Francisco Deltas and Cosmos.
The league plans to have as many as 18-20 teams for 2018.
Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese will have some rebuilding to do as six players have left the squad for other teams.
Midfielder Danny Szetela has joined NASL expansion side San Francisco Deltas. Forward Jair Arrieta has returned to his native Costa Rica to play with Herediano. Striker Lucky Mkosana has hooked up with FK Mariehamn, the Finland champions.
Bolivian international Yasmani Duk was the most recent signing as he agreed to terms with Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.
On Friday, Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango, the 2017 NASL MVP, and forward Yohandry Orozco announced they had signed with Zulia FC in their native country.
Assistant coach Carlos Llamosa also won't be back. He has taken on similiar responsbilities with the New England Revolution (MLS).