WASHINGTON, D.C. February 14, 2013 — An old American soccer rivalry will be revived come late summer. The New York Cosmos will play the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League (NASL) on Aug. 3, 2013, at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.
The last time these teams met was on May 8, 1983. Six years earlier, the clubs packed Giants Stadium for a playoff matchup on Aug. 14, 1977, before 77,691 fans, setting the then-U.S. attendance record for a game between two club teams. The teams also played in Soccer Bowl ‘80 with the Cosmos prevailing 3-0 and winning their fourth title.
“We’re thrilled to return to the playing field against our historic rivals and take this first step towards returning to the top and delivering the New York Cosmos to the stature and prominence they deserve,” Cosmos director Erik Stover said.
In other news, the Cosmos has signed Hunter Freeman, a 28-year-old right back who played 20 matches for MLS teams and joins the club from the Colorado Rapids.
The team also added Korey Veeder and Dane Murphy to their squad. Veeder, 21, is a right-sided defender who was a member of the US U-17 national team residency program in Bradenton, Fla., from 2007 to 2008, representing his country on 21 occasions.
He spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Columbus Crew but never cracked the first team.
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John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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