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New York Cosmos


January 10, 2017
Commisso: preliminary discussions have begun with Columbia; extensive talks had been going on with MCU Park

By Michael Lewis Editor

MCU Park is one of the options for the Cosmos to call home in 2017.
MCU Park is one of the options for the Cosmos to call home in 2017.
Photo by Michael Lewis
It's 81 days to the start of the North American Soccer League season and the Cosmos find themselves as a homeless team.

With Hofstra University giving the two-time defending champions the boot from James M. Shuart Stadiumt this year, the Cosmos must find a home.

New majority owner Rocco B. Commisso said Tuesday that there was a "high probability that the team would play in New York City.

He added that the team has begun preliminary discussions with his alma mater, Columbia University. The likely place would be the football stadium.

Commisso has strong ties with Columbia, having been a big benefactor to its men's soccer program. The soccer stadium is named after him, as well.

There also have been extensive talks with MCU Park officials. That venue is a minor league baseball stadium, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Cosmos played two games there in 2015.

Commisso said that colleges have called him to consider them as a possible home for the Cosmos.

The Cosmos also are looking for a permanent home, a stadium to call their own. They were hoping to construct one at Belmont Park but after waiting almost four years for New York State to make a decision, the Empire State Development Corp., threw out all four bids late last year.

Commisso said there were other, more pressing priorities for the team.

"Building a stadium is something that I won't do tomorrow," he said. ""I have other things and other priorities to do in the short run."
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