The Cosmos called MCU Park home during the 2017 North American Soccer League season. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
With the Cosmos ready to play in a professional league next year, the obvious question is where do they call home.
At the present time, they have not established a venue for 2019, but their periscope is up.
The Cosmos will compete in the National Premier Soccer League Founders Cup from next August through November after its affiliate team, Cosmos B participates in the NPSL. That competition will run from May through the beginning of August.
They have many possibilities for a home stadium, including two venues they have called home in previous years.
The Cosmos could play at MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., which they called home during the 2017 NASL season or at Rocco Commisso Soccer Stadium at Columbia University in Manhattan, at which the Cosmos B team played many home matches during its 2018 NPSL campaign. MCU Park is home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, a Class A minor-league baseball team. The Columbia facility is named after the Cosmos owner, Rocco B. Commisso, who starred for the Lions’ soccer team.
The club hosted the 2016 Soccer Bowl final at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens.
The Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. (Long Island), which was once the home field for the Long Island Rough Riders when they competed in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League and A-League, had been mentioned as a possible venue in the past.
Hofstra Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., which the team called home from 2013-2016, is not an option. In 2016, Hofstra told the Cosmos they weren’t welcome there any more.