By Michael Lewis Editor

The Cosmos won’t participate in the 2021 National Independent Soccer Association spring season, according to several players.

Players said they have been told the team won’t play, at least in the spring.

No updates, however, have been made whether the Cosmos will participate in the fall season.

Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes confirmed that the Cosmos won’t be participating in the spring, early Friday evening.

“I’m disappointed to hear that,” he said. “We’re going to have to see what happens in the future.”

By not playing in the spring could start a mass exodus of players from the Cosmos.

One player already has joined another team as striker Bledi Bardic Friday signed with rival New Amsterdam FC, which was a 2020 NISA expansion team.

Center back Matt Lewis is playing with the Kansas City Comets in the Major Arena Soccer League for the second consecutive winter, but he had decided to play indoor soccer well before the Cosmos’ decision. Lewis said he was considering several options, including Detroit City FC, a team he trained and played with last spring.

Many teams and leagues have experienced major problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Major League Soccer lost in the neighborhood of $1 billion in 2020, according to commissioner Don Garber. North Carolina FC dropped from the USL Championship to USL League One.

Neither club owner Rocco B. Commisso or the team still had no comment on its future.