Tuesday's soccer news starts with the NY Cosmos officially back in business. That club's brief return to defunct status lasted almost a month following their Soccer Bowl win on November 13. Cable executive Rocco Commisso is the club's new owner.
"Like so many of our fantastic fans, I have followed the Cosmos since the fabulous days of Pele, Chinaglia, Alberto, and Beckenbauer," Commisso said in a press statement. “With my deep roots in the New York City area as a former player, youth coach, and proud supporter of the Columbia University soccer program, I look forward to building on the rich history of America’s most iconic soccer club."
The NASL also announced that they've parted ways with commissioner Bill Peterson. Peterson took the job in 2012. The league's director of business development Rishi Sehgal is now the interim commissioner. Under Peterson, the league embarked on several rounds of expansion and instituted their split season format. The league resumes play in 2017 with eight teams, down from 11 in 2016.
"The last four years have been incredibly exciting and challenging," Peterson said. "The league and clubs accomplished so much during this time and I am very proud to have been a part of it. I am especially proud of the effort and accomplishments of so many others along the way. There is a lot of work still to be done and now is the time to allow someone else to come in and lead the next phase of development for the NASL. I would like to thank the owners, clubs, coaches, players, sponsors, staff, and fans for all of their support and I wish the NASL much success in the future."
FC Yahoo!'s Leander Schaerlaeckens on World Cup expansion. The Independent's Jack de Menezes doesn't like the expansion. World Soccer's Keir Radnedge asks about the overall quality of an expanded tournament.
American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta profiles USMNT player Juan Agudelo. Atlanta United's Q&A with Greg Garza. FourFourTwo's Scott French talks to MLS combine participant Daniel Johnson. The 11's Steven Sandor on the NASL's commissioner change.
Delighted to win The Best FIFA award. Wouldn't be possible without my teammates, coaches and you who support me every day. Thanks everyone! pic.twitter.com/1E1VkaYbTu— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 9, 2017
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