The man who signed Pele and built the New York Cosmos into the power they became in the North American Soccer League has called the organization trying to revive the former club “a total disgrace.”
Former Cosmos president Clive Toye said “the so called re-birth has been a farce from the start.”
The Cosmos, who are trying to become the 20th team in Major League Soccer as an expansion team, is being sued by Blau Weis Gottschee, a storied soccer club in Queens, for non-payment of around $210,000, which was due in August. In 2010, Gottschee agreed to become the U.S. Soccer Development Academy team for the Cosmos.
Toye said that Peppe Pinton, who had owned the rights to the Cosmos’ name had several opportunities to sell the Cosmos’ rights “to people who would have done the right things.”
“I tried twice to get it out of his hands and others were interested, too,” Toye said via email on Thursday morning. “Instead, the Cosmos ended up in the hands of people who had no idea whatsoever what the Cosmos had meant or what the Cosmos could become. A total disgrace.”
Paul Kemsley, one of the individuals who revived the Cosmos, recently resigned as chairman and CEO of the organization. He sold his shares in the company to Sela Sport of Saudi Arabia, which is the new Cosmos owners.
Neither the Cosmos or Sela Sport have made any comments about the suit or when payment will be made.