Santos, NY Cosmos set for January friendly

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 2 (IANS) Santos and the New York Cosmos, two clubs made famous by Brazil legend Pele, are set to meet in a pre-season friendly in January.

The match will be played in Miami on January 22 and will feature three-time World Cup-winner Pele as the guest of honour, Xinhua reported citing the Brazilian publication Globoesporte.

Santos are hoping to use the match as a warm-up fixture for the Copa Libertadores, which is expected to begin in early February.

Pele represented Santos from 1956 to 1974 before ending his career with a three-year spell at the Cosmos.

The Cosmos currently play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), considered as US football’s second-tier behind Major League Soccer (MLS).