January 31, 2017
Source: Cosmos to play at Coney Island this year
By Michael Lewis
|MCU Park has been used twice by the Cosmos during the 2015 NASL season.
Photo by Michael Lewis
Attention Cosmos fans:
Be prepared to watch your favorite soccer team in a new venue this year and be ready to bundle up for some cold spring and fall nights.
After playing their first four seasons at Hofstra University, the Cosmos will call MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn home for their 2017 season, according to a source close to the team.
The two-time defending champions have played two games at the minor-league baseball park -- in 2015. They had a regular-season game in the 7,000-seat stadium and a semifinal playoff game. New York won both games.
The Cosmos had opened preliminary discussions about the possibility of playing at Columbia University in Manhattan after Columbia alumnus Rocco B. Commisso became majority own of the team earlier this month, but nothing could be worked out.
The Brooklyn Cyclones call MCU Park home and start their New York-Penn League schedule in early June.
The MCU field has artificial turf and its pitch includes a green outfield and brown infield. Cosmos players and their opponents have complained about the field.
"MCU is an issue with the field," Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said last year. "There were complaints about the games that were played there about the different colored turfs, with the baseball infield and the green outfield. Until we find a suitable temporary field, like they have in Oklahoma, MCU is not an option."
Stover was referring to the artificial turf that Rayo OKC placed over their home field -- Miller Stadium -- for last season's games.
These are the best times for the Cosmos to play, when there are no games scheduled:
* From April 1 through June 7
* Friday, June 30 -- Sunday, July 2
* Friday, July 21 -- Sunday, July 22
* Friday, July 28 -- Sunday, July 30
* Friday, Aug. 11 -- Sunday, Aug. 13
* Saturday, Aug 19 -- Sunday, Aug. 20
* The baseball regular season ends in early September.
The Cosmos would not comment on where they will play this season, but the NASL is expected to announce the eight-team league schedule this week.