Flanked by larger than life posters from iconic New York photographer Jamel Shabazz, the storied New York Cosmos soccer team marked its return after a hiatus of 26 years. Under a new management team, led by Paul Kemsley, and guidance from the club’s honorary president, the great Pele, its resurrection serves sort of as a benchmark in the ever growing American interest in soccer. A testament made even more apparent during the official unveiling of its new Spring/Summer 2011 Kit by UMBRO as hundreds packed into Openhouse Gallery in SoHo. With music by DJ Soul served as the backdrop, New Yorkers, MLS officials, NY Cosmos fans new and old, traded stories of past glories and future endeavors. Meanwhile, visitors saw the newly designed kit, created in part with influences from the old team kit, up close. The UMBRO New York Cosmos kit is now available at all soccer speciality retailers and Reed Space. Get yourself one and be part of the New York Cosmos‘ 2011 Cinderella Story!
Photography: Poe for Freshness