NEW YORK – The Cosmos will play in at least one international friendly this summer, but it won’t be anywhere close to home.
The two-time defending North American Soccer League champions announced Tuesday that the club will travel to Regina, Canada to play Valencia FC in the city’s first international soccer exhibition match at New Mosaic Stadium Saturday, July 22.
It is part of the Spanish team’s North American tour.
The match will be played during the NASL season break, one week before the Cosmos open their fall season, hosting Miami FC at MCU Park.
“It’s a great privilege to play in the first soccer match in beautiful new Mosaic Stadium,” Cosmos CEO Erik Stover said in a statement. “It’s a world-class venue and we’re looking forward to the challenge of playing a world-class club like Valencia CF.”
Valencia has won six La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, three UEFA Europa Leagues and two UEFA Super Cups.
It’s roster includes the likes of Portuguese international and UEFA Euro 2016 winner, Nani, expert penalty stopper, Diego Alves, and former Manchester City and Fraench international defender Eliaquim Mangala.
The Cosmos host Puerto Rico to MCU Park in Coney Island, Brookly Saturday at 7 p.m., as they host Puerto Rico FC.