North American Soccer League side New York Cosmos have returned to life, a month after they shut down.
The club was hit by serious financial constraint in December 2016 and they were forced to close doors with Kenyan defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng’. One month later, Rocco B. Commisso, the CEO of a media company in United States has come to the club’s aid by sponsoring it.
A number of former players including 'Cheche' have with immediate effect penned down new deals as coach Giovanni Savarese prepares for league duty. “We are not starting from zero,” Savarese said during a media call introducing the team’s new owner. “We are starting from minus five.”
“What happened after the championship has been very, very difficult. I cannot hide that. Some players were in a very difficult situation. I’m just glad that now they will be able to get paid. I’m glad that the Cosmos will be able to continue.”
“We are trying to talk to a lot of [the players] to explain how the new era of this new ownership is trying to rebuild the club,” he said. “We are fortunate that some of the guys have already accepted to come back, but definitely we have a lot of work and not a lot of time to be able to do it,” he was quoted on empireofsoccer.com.