New York, NY - A week after Paul Kemsley stepped down as their Chairman/CEO, the New York Cosmos issued a statement on Wednesday regarding changes in their staff.
In a statement sent to me from their front office, the New York Cosmos stated:
"There has been a buyout at The New York Cosmos and management changes have taken place in various areas of our organization. This also results in a full restructure of both our business and staffing, which will continue to be assessed by the new leadership team that is expected to be appointed within the next 60 days. It is unequivocally the goal of the current ownership to become an MLS team in the most expedient manner possible, and decisions for the club will be made with this in mind."
I hate to address it but if I don't, I'll lose face with my readers. Which leads us to the question, is the remaining staff capable of giving their supporters a Major League Soccer Franchise?
Based on the recent overhaul within the New York Cosmos organization, it's clear that some things didn't flow as originally planned. It's rather unfortunate but one thing we eventually accept about sports is that at the end of the day it's a business.
In time, I'm curious to see how the recent restructuring within the organization affects the Cosmos Academy, their 2012 PDL team, and the Cosmos Copa. Let's not forget the 2012 Vegas Winter Kick.
From an economical and marketing standpoint, my opinions would be moot. I'm not going to embarrass myself by suggesting what the Cosmos front office should have done better in securing the MLS 20th franchise because I've never had the experience of trying to revive a soccer club while meeting with both the city and MLS.
Regardless of the latest and future changes within the New York Cosmos, I'm going to trust that the organization, regardless of who's running it is capable of bringing New York its second MLS franchise.
If I'm wrong, who cares? It's not the first time I've been wrong.
With the fan expectations not being met, it's safe to assume the only news supporters will want to hear is that the New York Cosmos has been awarded the 20th MLS Franchise. The foreplay is over and the only thing that matters from this point on is whether or not the New York Cosmos join Major League Soccer.
Granted, they'll always have fans who will (1) purchase their merchandise with unconditional love, (2) be grateful for the nostalgic feeling they've warmed their hearts with, and (3) submit their resumes for potential internship and job opportunities.
But for the hardcore supporters such as some of the members of the Borough Boys, enough is enough. They're not going to care about any Testimonial matches that's being played outside of the United States. Nor are they going to care about the latest merchandise, the Opus, the scarf contest, or Tweets/Facebook status that has nothing to do with the progress of the organization's quest of becoming the second MLS New York club.
The only thing they're going to spend their money is on New York Cosmos season tickets.
Cesar Diaz is a mild-mannered reporter who writes for several online publications. If there's a soccer topic you believe that needs to be written about, please feel free to contact him. Easily accessible, you may contact him CoveringSoccer@gmail.com and at @CoveringSoccer.