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New York Cosmos to kick off in August

New York Cosmos Chairman Seamus O'Brien (L) and NASL Commissioner David Downs
New York Cosmos CEO Seamus O'Brien (L) and NASL Commissioner David Downs.
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The relaunched New York Cosmos will start play in the second-tier North American Soccer League during its fall season.

The Cosmos announced Monday that their first home game will be against Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 3 at Hempstead, N.Y.

The Cosmos, featuring stars such as Pele, Frank Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia, played in the old NASL from 1971-84, but folded in 1985.

A group that included former Tottenham official Paul Kemsley bought the name and relaunched the team in 2010 with Pele as honorary president. The Cosmos played an exhibition at Manchester United the following year. Kemsley left the ownership group and the team announced last July it was joining the NASL.

Now run by CEO Seamus O'Brien, the Cosmos hope to construct a 25,000-seat stadium at Belmont Park racetrack.

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