Five Thoughts on the New York Soccer Weekend

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

PRIORITIES

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

Credit the Cosmos for their win against Ottawa this weekend. They played a reserve laden side on their Fall season opener and still managed to beat the Fury 2-1 at Shuart Stadium.

Still, if you ever wondered where the Cosmos’ priorities are, you need not look past their starting XI to find out. Think about it this way: do you believe the Jets, Giants, Yankees, Mets, Nets, Knicks et. al. would ever field bench players to begin a campaign? The answer is no. But in the unique world of the NASL, it is perfectly understandable and accepted. After all, the Cosmos just dropped their run in the U.S. Open Cup days prior. How could they field a top-level XI?

The reason for that is simple: the U.S. Open Cup is everything to the New York Cosmos. It’s their shot at relevancy in the American soccer landscape. It is their chance to fly the NASL banner. It represents an opportunity to expose their brand internationally.

So juxtapose that XI vs. New England to the season opener and it is quite clear. There is no more motivating competition for the Cosmos than the Open Cup. And this year, they were willing to sacrifice their Fall debut to prove it.

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