08/02/2010 02:43 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

New York Cosmos To Return, Says Pele At Copa NYC (PHOTOS)

The New York Cosmos are back.

Brazilian soccer legend Pele made the announcement at halftime of the Copa NYC final match.

The Cosmos were powerhouses of the North American Soccer League, but the team folded in 1985, a year after the NASL closed up shop.

Now the Cosmos plan to join Major League Soccer and foster a rivalry with the New York Red Bulls.

Pele was in fine spirits as he gave out autographs, chatted with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and delighted a bunch of youngsters.

See his jubilation in the photos below.