Carlos Alberto: NY Cosmos here to 'play hard'

The New York-based side won their first match in almost 30 years, and the Brazilian legend believes it is only a matter of time before the club return to the top

Former Brazil right-back Carlos Alberto is of the opinion that New York Cosmos will quickly re-establish themselves as a top team after watching them make a winning return to the game following a 30-year exile. 

The legendary club were the poster boys of football in the United States in the 1970s, having had the likes of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer on their books, but they folded in 1985 because of financial problems.

The Cosmos have now been relaunched as a North American Soccer League side and Alberto, who also represented the club during his playing days, is in no doubt that they can recapture their former glory.

"We're thrilled with the return of the Cosmos and if not this year, very soon were going to have the same kind of team we had before," the World Cup winner told reporters after Saturday's 2-1 win over Lauderdale Strikers.

"The most important thing for people to know is we're not here to play games. We're here to really seriously play this game hard."

Peri Marosevic conceded that there will be high expectations on the current squad due to the club's previous successes, but he is looking forward to putting the Cosmos back where they belong.

"We know we're going to have pressure on us," the foreward said. "The thing we focus on is playing the game for fun.

"It's truly an honor to be part of this club and to step on the field and wear that New York Cosmos jersey."

The Cosmos beat Lauderdale Strikers in front of a capacity home crowd of 11,929 at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium.