Cosmos To Host International Friendly vs Bundesliege's FC St Pauli
The Cosmos will host German side FC St. Pauli for an international friendly on May 23 at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium. Kickoff time is to be determined.
“The New York Cosmos have always been a club that has tested itself against teams from all over the world,” Cosmos Senior Vice President Joe Barone said. “In recent years we have played games like this away from home, but we are delighted to host a game such as this in front of our fans, and we cannot be more excited to have FC St. Pauli as an opponent for this friendly.”
FC St. Pauli are tied for fourth in the 2. Bundesliga and pushing for promotion to the German top division. The club is led by the 2014-15 Bundesliga top scorer Alex Meier.
“After last year's successful trip at all levels, it was clear to us that we would travel to the USA again," FC St. Pauli President Oke Göttlich said. "We want to use the positive effect from last year to further raise the profile of FC St. Pauli in the USA.
“We are the New York Cosmos’ first international opponent since the 80s and we are looking forward to the match.”
The matchup in May marks the second year in a row FC St. Pauli will visit the United States. Last May, FC St. Pauli defeated fellow Founders Cup side Detroit City FC, 6-2.
The Cosmos have also played their fair share of international friendlies in recent years, including defeating La Liga side Valencia, 2-0, in 2017.
New York will begin the NPSL regular season on April 27 against New York Athletic Club at the Mitchel Athletic Complex.