New York Cosmos Ready for Clash with League One Leyton Orient

Tom Lane@@tommo_laneContributor IIIJuly 15, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Marcos Senna speaks to the media during a Press Conference at the Crosby Hotel on July 8, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Cosmos)
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League One side Leyton Orient are set to take on the New York Cosmos at their Matchroom Stadium next week in a preseason friendly.

The Cosmos, who boasted the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto in the 1970s, will play Orient and Championship side Watford in the upcoming weeks as they travel to England.

They joined the North American Soccer League this year following a three-decade absence from League football. The club's demise came in 1984 and it disbanded in 1985. The Cosmos were relaunched in 2010 but denied access to MLS.

On 24 July, this legendary American team, which contains a European Champion in Marcos Senna who was part of Spain's 2008 triumph, will travel to Leyton in East London.

The New York Cosmos in their heyday attracted 77,000 fans to the Giants Stadium in New York when the likes of Pele were among the playing staff.

They are currently managed by Giovanni Savarese, who played 30 games for the Venezuela national team as well as playing one game for Championship side Millwall.

Leyton Orient's ground has a capacity of 9,270. The New York Cosmos are used to a slightly bigger stadium, the James M. Shuart Stadium, which holds 15,000 fans.

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn tweeted about the match in June.

Orient were close to reaching the League One playoffs last season, finishing just three points off of Swindon Town in the division. They will be looking to build on the previous season's success.

The fixture will be a chance for both teams to gain a larger international following. The Cosmos are a fallen giant many British fans will remember for their past, which could bring a large crowd to Brisbane Road.

The New York Cosmos are currently on a break from the league and have their first competitive regular league fixture on the third of August against Fort Lauderdale Strikers at their Shuart Stadium.