New York Cosmos 2017 NASL Schedule Announced

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by JAKE NUTTING

The 2017 North American Soccer League regular season for the New York Cosmos will begin and end against Puerto Rico FC, as the league’s defending champions will kick off their year with a trip to the Caribbean club on March 25 and then close season out with a home meeting against Puerto Rico on October 28.

MCU Park will officially become the new home of the Cosmos when the team hosts its home opener against Alessandro Nesta’s Miami FC on April 1.

The NASL’s competition format remains the same. Teams will compete in a 16-game Spring Season and a 16-game Fall Season, with the respective champions of each season claiming the top two seeds in The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament. The remaining postseason seeds will be awarded to the team that finish directly below the Spring and Fall title winners on the combined points table.

New York’s Arpil opener will be the first of five matches between the Cosmos and Miami throughout the NASL season, but the South Florida side won’t be the only team the Cosmos will be intimately familiar with by the season’s end. The Cosmos will also square off with Jacksonville Armada FC five times and Puerto Rico six times throughout the year.

Due to the NASL’s contraction from 12 to eight teams this offseason, teams will face with each other at least four times during the season. In order to fill out the league’s 32-game season and even out the split-season format, though, teams will also play an additional two matches in the Spring and Fall Seasons.

September will be the busiest month on the calendar for the Cosmos. The team will take the field seven times that month, although they did catch a break in that three of their four home fixtures during September will come back-to-back-back. The Cosmos also lucked out as they will never be on the road for more than two matches at a time throughout the year.

New York Cosmos 2017 NASL Schedule

Spring Season

March (0 home, 1 away)
March 25 at Puerto Rico FC

April (2 home, 2 away)
April 1 vs. Miami FC
April 8 at Miami FC
April 22 vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
April 29 at San Francisco Deltas

May (3 home, 1 away)
May 6 at Jacksonville Armada FC
May 13 vs. Puerto Rico FC
May 21 vs. FC Edmonton
May 27 vs. San Francisco Deltas

June (2 home, 2 away)
June 2 at North Carolina FC
June 9 vs. North Carolina FC
June 16 vs. Puerto Rico FC
June 24 at Miami FC

July (1 home, 2 away)
July 4 vs. Indy Eleven
July 8 at Indy Eleven
July 15 at FC Edmonton

Fall Season

July (1 home, 0 away)
July 29 vs. Miami FC

August (2 home, 2 away)
August 5 at San Francisco Deltas
August 11 at FC Edmonton
August 19 vs. Indy Eleven
August 26 vs. North Carolina FC

September (4 home, 3 away)
September 3 vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
September 6 at Miami FC
September 9 at Puerto Rico FC
September 17 vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
September 20 vs. San Francisco Deltas
September 23 vs. North Carolina FC
September 30 at Puerto Rico FC

October (2 home, 2 away)
October 7 at Indy Eleven
October 14 vs. FC Edmonton
October 22 at Jacksonville Armada FC
October 28 vs. Puerto Rico FC