The New York Cosmos presented Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano with the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) Championship Trophy at a press conference earlier today in Mineola. The presentation was made by New York Cosmos Co-Owner Jeremy Wilkins, Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover; Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese; and the entire New York Cosmos team, including Mineola-born Captain Carlos Mendes and Spanish legends Marcos Senna and Raul.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau County is truly proud to serve as home to the New York Cosmos! Together, we celebrate the Cosmos championship victory in the 2015 North American Soccer League.”
On November 15, 2015 the New York Cosmos won their second NASL title in three years. The championship is the seventh NASL title in the club’s history. The New York Cosmos began playing in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. This included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto.
Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover added, “We’re honored to celebrate our championship win with County Executive Mangano. We would also like to express our gratitude to both County Executive Mangano and State Senator Martins for their tremendous support over the years.”
The New York Cosmos currently play games at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium and practice in Nassau County at Mitchel Field, where the Mangano administration formed a public-private partnership with the team to improve the facility.