Update II: I have confirmed the new owner of the Cosmos.
Take a look at who has relaunched its website, complete with a KRS-soundtracked (yet, increasingly-dated looking) 70s highlight reel.
That’s right, it’s the New York Cosmos.
The website has absolutely no content or information, which fits the Cosmos perfectly since they’re a soccer “team” that hasn’t played an actual match since 1984. Currently the Cosmos exist as little more than a logo, some dusty trophies and figments’ of Tri-Stater nostalgia.
It almost certainly is the work of restaurateur and “owner” of the Cosmos, Peppe Pinton who, after seeing the little soccer “boomlet” the US has experienced this summer, has sensed an opportunity to wring just a bit more money out of nostalgic and naive American soccer fans.
I can only imagine what Pinton, his long time master Georgio Chinaglia, and all the other old washed-up has beens of the 70s New York soccer scene have cooked up this time. Will it be a Cosmos all-star tour of Uzbekistan? Maybe it’ll be Cosmos on ice, with the “Cosmos” touring municipal ice rinks of upper NY state.
I can assure you though, that nothing they are up to will amount to anything other than publicity and maybe a quick buck for Pinton and Chinaglia. It won’t be an MLS expansion team (Georgio and Peppe hate MLS) and I doubt even the USSF/USL/NASL DII people would allow for these charlatans to get involved with their league.
UPDATE: It looks like they have a Twitter feed as well.
H/T: Offside Rules for first spotting the updated website.