Cosmos begin preseason training, UVA match scheduled with possible Mid East trip in sight

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The New York Cosmos are getting set to kick-off their second season of the reboot era as defending Soccer Bowl champions.

Currently, the team has gathered at Hofstra University to take part in preseason training — over two months from their Spring Championship season opener against Atlanta in Shuart Stadium. Members of the team who have taken root in Long Island have steadily gathered to train in the extended offseason, including forward Jemal Johnson, who spent the entirety of the fall season injured with an ACL tear.

Last season, the club set up residency in London, facing Leyton Orient and Gillingham FC in preparation for a successful Fall Championship run. This time, preseason travel plans are still up in the air, but they do have at least one confirmed friendly. The Cosmos will end their preseason with a match against the University of Virginia Saturday, April 5th at 11 a.m.in Mitchel Field.

What happens prior to that is still very much up in the air. A long rumored training camp in Bermuda is likely off the table. Meanwhile, the club is still looking into a possible trip to the Middle East, likely in the United Arab Emirates. Currently, MLS side FC Dallas is taking a similar route, facing two teams in two weeks in the UAE before the start of the MLS season.

Striker Mads Stokkelien remains out of camp while he finishes his paper work and commences his move to the United States. Meanwhile, others star players like Marcos Senna and Hans Dennison are already accounted for in training camp.