The 2015 Fall Champions of the NASL have been making their presence felt in New York City. The New York Cosmos, including Head Coach Gio Savarese, Raul, and team Captain Carlos Mendes joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs, Loree Sutton, and Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum President Susan Marenoff on the aircraft carrier Intrepid on Pier 86.
The reason for this event was to promote the Cosmos game on September 12th vs Jacksonville. It will be the third Annual Heroes Night- Tickets for Troops dedication. Hofstra University will be the site for this NASL contest that has been opened up to members of the military. Loree Sutton, who along with Marenoff and Loree received personalized NY Cosmos jerseys summarized the cities feelings on the Cosmos gesture.
“I am delighted to join the Cosmos today as they will be honoring the military and our veterans on September 12th,”
“I am also honored, as a Vietnam War family member, that they chose the Intrepid to host this event.”
They invited military representatives that included the Second Batallion of the 25th Marines from Garden City, to take photos, engage in a practice session, and play a game. An added bonus was for visitors to the legendary ship who wanted to participate were invited as well.
The pre-game consisted of two games of “soccer tennis.” Then the Marines challenged the Cosmos in a pick-up game on the Pier itself in the shadows of the great carrier. Savarese responded for the team as far as today’s event.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime to thank the real heroes of our country’”
“Our guys had a tremendous time interacting with the Marines on the USS Intrepid. It’s something we will never forget.”
The Cosmos were THE team in soccer in the U.S. before the NASL folded in 1984. But the return in 2013 of the Cosmos to the now first division level NASL saw them win the championship and fall one game short of the championship this year. Now as first half champions they have already secured a playoff spot and will host it on November 7th at the MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY, further opening the possibilities of a future move closer to New York City.