SPRING (NOT) AHEAD: Cosmos is suspending the first part of the NISA season

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com editor

According to several players, the cosmos will not participate in the National Independent Soccer Association’s spring 2021 season.

The players said they were told the team won’t play, at least in the spring.

However, it is not yet known whether the Cosmos will participate in the fall season.

Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes confirmed early Friday evening that the Cosmos will not be participating in the spring.

“I’m disappointed to hear that,” he said. “We have to see what happens in the future.”

By not playing in spring, a mass exodus of players from the cosmos could begin.

A player has already joined another team when striker Bledi Bardic Friday signed with rival New Amsterdam FC who were a 2020 NISA expansion team.

Center-back Matt Lewis is playing with the Kansas City Comets in the Major Arena Soccer League for the second straight winter, but he had chosen indoor soccer long before Cosmos decided to play. Lewis said he is considering several options, including Detroit City FC, a team he trained and played with last spring.

Many teams and leagues have faced major problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Major League Soccer lost around $ 1 billion in 2020, according to Commissioner Don Garber. North Carolina FC has dropped back from the USL Championship to USL League One.

Neither club owner Rocco B. Commisso nor the team commented on his future.

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