Seven local elected officials are prodding the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to reverse its decision to deny the North American Soccer League (NASL) division II status in 2018.
The Coney Island-based Cosmos would face the possibility of being relegated to Division III if the decision stands. Division II soccer is a step down from Division I, which encompasses Major League Soccer.
Politicians, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, argue that the change could thwart economic progress made in the area since the Cosmos arrived.
“From the profitable sponsorship deals to the steady job creation that the New York Cosmos have brought to Coney Island and Brooklyn at large, it’s clear that a division two status is a win-win for the region,” Schumer said in a statement this week. “I’m urging the U.S. Soccer Federation to reconsider its decision and support a division two status for the North American Soccer League so that teams like the New York Cosmos can continue to thrive.”
Assemblymembers Pam Harris and Peter Abbate, Jr.; Councilmembers Mark Treyger, Chaim Deutsch, and Vincent J. Gentile; and State Sen. Diane Savino round out the list of other politicians standing with the Cosmos, the team announced.
Notably, Schumer and Cosmos owner Rocco Commissio have a political connection. Federal Election Commission records show Schumer’s “Friends of Schumer” PAC received a $2,700 donation from Commisso last year.
The Cosmos will face the San Francisco Dentals in a championship matchup at Kezar Stadium on Sunday at 8 p.m.