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NY Cosmos focusing on building a solid team before revisiting MLS expansion

New York Cosmos chief executive Seamus O'Brien says the club will put all their focus on putting together a very strong squad before they again target a MLS license.

The reformed club, who have Brazilian legend Pele as honorary president, are getting set for their first North American Soccer League match in early August but will continue to look ahead to the possibility of expanding MLS according to O'Brien.

"Where we end up in three to five years, I haven't shut the door on anything," O'Brien said.

"It might all change. It might evolve. We don't know. That's part of the fluidity. We're going to take it as it comes.

"But in the meantime we're going to build a good team and we're going to build a good business. Because then I know we have a chance of succeeding."

The revamped Cosmos have former Venezuelan international Giovanni Savarese as head coach and a playing squad which includes the likes of Spanish winger Ayoze Garcia, former New York Red Bulls defender Carlos Mendes, Cameroonian midfielder Joseph Nane, Guatemalan forward Henry Lopez and ex-USA U20 international Peri Marosevic.

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