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Cosmos Draw Sellout For First Game In 29 Years, But Execs See Room For Growth
Published August 5, 2013
RETURN TO ORBIT: SPORTS ON EARTH's Howard Megdal wrote the crowd at the game "wasn't simply a group of graying nostalgia-seekers, though plenty of faded Pele jerseys could be seen mixed in with the shiny, obviously just-purchased editions." The supporter groups were "loud, and they were plentiful in number." The fans "took a while to figure out precisely how to root not for the Cosmos as idea, but as actual team." By the second half, they had "found their way nicely." The Cosmos shop was "easily the most popular spot at halftime." The game was "often entertaining soccer; ultimately, it was winning soccer." But the Cosmos have a "lot more to do before recreating a cultural phenomenon." It can "hardly be said that the Cosmos are going about this the wrong way, exactly." No one has "figured out how to conquer New York soccer yet" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 8/4).
EXPANSIVE VIEW: YAHOO SPORTS' Tess Quinlan noted Stover "admits he isn't sure if the Cosmos' long-terms future will be in MLS," but the "uncertainly isn't stopping the club from pursuing plans to build a privately funded, 25,000-seat stadium at Belmont Park." Stover said of the possibility of the Cosmos joining MLS as an expansion team, "We don't worry about it. Our focus -- we talk about this all the time -- is building a proper club" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/4).