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After 30-Year Absence, New York Cosmos To Return To Professional Soccer For 2013

Football legend Pele speaks to the media at a press conference on March 3, 2011 at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Football legend Pele speaks to the media at a press conference on March 3, 2011 at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The New York Cosmos are back.

After a nearly 30-year absence, the Cosmos joined the North American Soccer League on Thursday. The team will begin league play in the 2013 season.

The former Cosmos team in the late 1970s featured soccer great Pele, who helped raise awareness of soccer in the United States. He led the Cosmos to the 1977 NASL Championships in his third and final season.

NASL commissioner David Downs said that the plan will “reunite the Cosmos, Strikers, Rowdies and several markets with ties to the NASL’s early days.”

The Cosmos’ ownership group is led by Seamus O’Brien. The team will announce details on its stadium, ticket sales and players at a later date.

The NASL includes professional teams in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

30 years later, do the Cosmos have a chance to succeed in New York? And where do you think the team should hold its home games? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…

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