Cosmos host FC St. Pauli to fight discrimination

PLAYERS STAND ON THE PITCH AT MCU FIELD IN CONEY ISLAND. // PHOTO BY BEN NICHOLAS VIA BRIGADA 71

Germany’s FC St. Pauli has long stood out among soccer clubs for its supporters’ commitment to social justice, equity and immigrants’ rights. Many Cosmos fans here in New York City — most notably, the members of Brigada 71 — have embraced similar values.

So it’s fitting that the Cosmos will host St. Pauli for a friendly later this month. The German club will visit Rocco B. Commisso Stadium in Inwood to play the Cosmos on May 23. General admission tickets cost $25 and they are available here.

It’s the first time the Cosmos have hosted an international opponent in more than three decades.

“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,” the supporters’ club wrote in a statement. “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.”

The East River Pirates, the NYC-based FC St. Pauli supporters’ club here, helped make the match happen.

“It is a rarity that we open our arms to any club besides our own, and while we look forward to our Cosmopolitans smashing goals past you on May 23rd, we do so with the spirit of football in mind,” Brigada 71 continued. “This game will be a celebration of our shared values and shared struggle: against modern football, against the USSF & DFB, against racism, sexism, fascism and all forms of discrimination, and in pursuit of a better football, and better world.”

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