Rocco Commisso celebrates Cosmos B’s latest win with his players. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
Regardless what transpires in his pursuit to purchase a majority share of A.C. Milan, Cosmos owner Rocco B. Commisso says one thing is certain: the Cosmos will be back in 2019.
Speaking to analyst Sal Rosamilia on the streaming broadcast at halftime of Cosmos B’s 4-0 victory over Kingston Stockade FC Saturday night, Commisso stated the team will return next year. He did not offer any details.
“For the Cosmos fans, this is all good,” he said. “This is all good for us. Whether I buy a team in Italy or not, I still expect to have the Cosmos here next year. We have some fights to fight, but stay tuned, and we’ll see what happens in the court system and how we develop this league and how we develop the team.”
Commisso has placed a bid to purchase A.C. Milan in Italy’s Serie A, but it appears the deal has hit a snag.
The North American Soccer League, of which Commisso is chairman, has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The league and Cosmos are on hiatus this season after the USSF rescinded the NASL’s Division Two sanctioning in 2017.
In the team’s place, Cosmos B is playing for the organization’s colors.
The team captured the North Atlantic Conference crown with a 10-0-0 record in the National Premier Soccer League and will host defending champion Elm City Express in a conference semifinal at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Commisso attended Saturday’s game at the stadium named after him at the Columbia University sports complex in Manhattan, addressed the team after the game and posed for pictures with fans and players as well.
While talking to Cosmos B players at midfield, Commisso said that he “never had an undefeated team.”
“That’s a good thing,” head coach Carlos Mendes said of Commisso addressing the team. “He’s proud of the guys and [wants] to keep it going.
“He shows his commitment. We’re very lucky to have an owner working and fighting and very committed. Just to be around to support the guys means a lot.”
On the streaming broadcast, Commisso praised Cosmos B.
“I want to thank the entire Cosmos organization for the work that they did in a short period of time of putting a real competitive team on the field,” he said. “I’m proud of everyone that is committed to this organization.”