The Cosmos need to make a decision as to where they will play next season. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
By Michael Lewis
The Cosmos haven’t made a decision yet as to where they will be playing in 2020.
They compete in the National Premier Soccer League, which will not allow players under professional contracts to perform next year in a new set-up. The Cosmos used pro players this past season, losing to Miami FC, another professional-laden side, in the championship game.
So, the Cosmos have several options for next year. That includes fielding an amateur squad in the NPSL or participating in the National Independent Soccer Association, which kicked off this month. Miami FC is competing in NISA. There will be a spot open after the Philadelphia Fury dropped out of the Fall Showcase after only one game last week. Another possibility would be starting a league of its own, but that would be a longshot.
“We are still weighing our options for 2020 and the pros and cons of those options,” a Cosmos spokesperson said Friday morning.
The NPSL would love to have the Cosmos return next year.
“We told them that the [Lamar Hunt] U.S. Open Cup was going to kick off earlier next year,” NPSL chairman Kenny Farrell said Wednesday. “They’re going to have to make up their mind If they want to be in, we want them in. We love them. I believe they want to be a big pro side and if that’s the case, it may be not for this league. Maybe their B team will be. But at the moment I would love to have them in.
“I can’t make any answers for them. but I just know we have a good working relationship with them.”
On Saturday, the first-place Cosmos (4-0-1, 13 points) visit second-place Detroit City FC (3-0-0, 9) in a 7:30 p.m. match-up that could very well go a long way in deciding the Members Cup’s 10-game season.