To commemorate the New York Cosmos’ historic friendly with FC St. Pauli, we looked to the words of Emma Goldman to explain a feeling. Emma Goldman was an anarchist activist and writer who lived here in New York City during the early 1900s, and a woman from which we, like many radical thinkers across the globe, draw great influence. On the front rail of the stadium on Thursday night you will see Goldman’s words inked in permanence, an excerpt from one of her larger works that, in its simplicity, reflects our mentality onto the world.
BRIGADA 71 STATEMENT: WELCOME TO NEW YORK, FC ST PAULI
On behalf of Brigada71 we would like to extend a warm welcome to the FC St. Pauli players, staff, and fans to New York City. We couldn’t be more excited that the famous New York Cosmos’ first home international friendly since the 1980’s is against a club with which our supporters have such deep ties and shared values.
Brigada71 is proud to announce a partnership with the Brooklyn Pride Community Center for our participation in this years Prideraiser. Brigada seeks fixed pledges for every Cosmos home goal scored in June, with all donations going directly to helping programs and services for LGBTQIA individuals in need living in New York City’s largest borough.
After being inspired by Mateo Durango and Johnny Borrajo’s efforts with Playing for Pride, we decided on starting a campaign with Prideraiser.
This past weekend, a handful of Cosmos supporters made the trip from NYC to Detroit along with long time close friends of Brigada71: the East River Pirates, NYC’s FC St Pauli supporters group. Other regional St Pauli supporters from Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto, and some from as far away as Mexico also made the trip to Detroit City FC’s Keyworth Stadium to watch FC St Pauli make their US debut in a historic international friendly between the two teams.
After a dramatic saga of appeals with the United States Soccer Federation, the US Open Cup Committee extended an invite to The New York Cosmos, Miami FC, & Jacksonville Armada to play in the 2018 iteration of the tournament:
“The Committee carefully considered the teams’ exceptional situation which involved all three moving from Professional Division II status in 2017 to solely Open Division league participation earlier this year. Since the move occurred after the Open Division league’s 2018 Open Cup entry deadline in mid-2017, the Committee decided to allow the three teams the opportunity to compete in the 2018 edition of the U.S.
In an offseason that’s been full of turmoil for our club, the first sign of good news emerged Monday: Cosmos B will field a team this Summer.
Cosmos B play in the NPSL, the 4th Tier of US Soccer, and have served as the reserve team for the club since 2015. While the NASL is locked up in legal purgatory and has chosen to forgo a Spring season in favor of an August to June one, the B team will serve as the most senior squad in the meantime.
Let’s be perfectly blunt. Soccer Every Sport has a serious toxic masculinity and homophobia problem. This isn’t news to anyone. There are currently a grand total of zero male-identifying openly gay soccer players in the top 5 leagues in Europe (Spain, England, Italy, German, & France). With the retirement of Robbie Rogers this past November, there are the same depressing number of male-identifying openly gay athletes in any of the five biggest professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and ML$) in North America.