NEW YORK - The New York Cosmos, today, announced the formation of a new league after the news arrived yesterday that the North American Soccer League (NASL) is likely careening towards the second death spiral of the acronym's existence.
The Cosmos And Friends League (CAFL) will play throughout the United States on a barnstorming tour of Minor League Baseball fields and high school football fields, not unlike the current NASL.
The Cosmos have stated that they are interested in reviving all the dormant old NASL teams in a vintage style homage to the 1970s.
Cosmos' chairman Seamus O'Brien spoke with The Nutmeg News regarding the CAFL plans
"We felt it was in our best interest to control everything this time around, so we are going to own all the teams in our league and call them franchises. We are restoring the Washington Diplomats, the Atlanta Apollos, the Baltimore Comets, the Denver Dynamos, the Connecticut Bicentennials, the Hartford Bicentennials, the Las Vegas Quicksilvers, the New England Tea Men, the Philadelphia Atoms and the Montreal Manic. All of these will be run under the Cosmos control as the Washington Generals to our Harlem Globetrotters. It's gonna be great."
O'Brien stated that in order to control costs, the CAFL will institute a strict salary cap and will have rules regarding the acquisition of high priced international players.
"We call it the Superstar Player rule, or the SP. We find that it is very important to control how many superstar players that each team will have, so we will be controlling the number and the impact it has upon the roster. However, we will figure that out as we go. As far as additional league rules go, teams will be required to have at least one mustache per starting 11 and all teams will play in 70's style short shorts with over-sized blouse kits. We will also only be playing with vintage Joma balls. It's gonna be great."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this as the Cosmos finalize their CAFL plans.