Puerto Rico FC friendly with PRMNT to be played at Belson Stadium

13313842_10154362092541091_113820790_oThe New York Cosmos won’t be the only NASL side to play at Belson Stadium in Queens this June. Ten days after the Cosmos play Jersey Express in their US Open Cup match, new NASL side Puerto Rico FC will play the Puerto Rico Men’s National Team in the Clasico de Futbol at the St. John’s University stadium. Continue reading

New York enters US Open Cup competition with a rematch

13315814_10154358312231091_1482271701166135554_nFor the second time in as many years, the New York Cosmos will host Jersey Express (PDL) at Belson Stadium as their first match in the US Open Cup.

Jersey Express advanced on May 19th with a 1-0 win over the New York Pancyprian Freedoms. Angser Otto scored a game winner in the 80th minute to make Jersey one of three PDL sides to make it to the third round of Open Cup play.

In their current season of play, the team sits in next to last place in the Mid Atlantic Division with three points in two matches.

Last year, the Cosmos routed the PDL side 3-0 behind goals from Sebastian Guenzatti, Leo Fernandes, and Mads Stokkelien.

Leo Fernandes goal (Credit: Luis Hernandez)

That doesn’t mean they’ll take this likely.

“First of all, as I always say, this is the most difficult match we are going to play. Always, the first one in the US Open Cup is, for me, the crucial one,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese told TICC. “So, we hope to arrive with the right mental stage and ready to be able to compete and get a result in order to continue in the Cup, in this Cup that we always consider seriously.”

The biggest challenge for the Cosmos lies in their roster depth. With injuries to Niko Kranjčar, Adam Moffat, Eric Calvillo, Alexis Velela, and Gabriel Farfán, along with the call-up of Yasmani Duk and the recall of Mike Lahoud, the roster is riding pretty light. The Cosmos may have to dip deeper into the well for this one.

“There’s the possibility of some Cosmos B players [joining up for this match], but not because we will replace the ones that we have, but because we don’t have enough players right now. There’s a lot of injuries,” the coach continued. “But, guys are coming back, guys are getting healthy. Most likely, we will have some Cosmos B play for this match on Wednesday.”

Not having enough players was a clear issue on Saturday, as the Cosmos could only dress 16 players for the match against Rayo.

Between fielding an XI to beat this side and the Strikers match that will follow three days later, the Cosmos will be challenged with balancing the lineups while hoping to avoid more injuries.



Cosmos end Rayo match with one more goal, three more players

13313852_10154356571796091_1628376223_oThe Cosmos beat Rayo OKC 1-0 on Saturday night, ending the visitors’ three-game unbeaten streak on the road and staying perfect at home with a 5-0-0 record before their initial US Open Cup match on Wednesday and final league match of the Spring away at Fort Lauderdale. Each team controlled a key stat for the evening. The Cosmos had 100% of goals. Rayo had 100% of the red cards. Continue reading

How will the Cosmos fare tactically without Niko Kranjčar?

12722654_10154199295536091_1637932135_oCosmos head coach Giovanni Saverese confirmed this morning that Croatian attacker Niko Kranjčar will be out 4-6 weeks with what he described as a “pulled quad”. Gio indicated that Niko’s situation was a “disappointing” one, and that the midfielder would be participating in therapy away from the team and with other doctors that both he and the club know and trust. Gio also indicated that the club is not actively looking to replace either Niko or Michael Lahoud at this time.

Niko’s injury and rumored potential move to Rangers begs the question: how will the Cosmos look to fill the former Tottenham man’s place in the midfield?

Here are three possible alternatives. Continue reading

Despite roster hits, Savarese confident in team’s depth

Gio Savarese (Photo: Matt Kremkau/Empire of Soccer)

Gio Savarese (Photo: Matt Kremkau/Empire of Soccer)

The Cosmos will host Rayo OKC this weekend, and many names from last week’s roster will be unavailable due to call-up, injury or recall. But Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese is confident his club can deliver a result this weekend against a line-up that features players like Georgios Samaras, Derek Boateng, and NASL leading scorer Michel. Continue reading

Cosmos seek to keep Spring hopes alive in final home match

13226662_10154347977941091_5991974794449435772_nThe Cosmos currently sit top of the table. They do not control their own destiny. With only two games remaining in their season and Minnesota and Indy just two points behind them with a game in hand, it will be crucial for them to win in their final home match of the spring against an expansion side that has surprisingly found success as a road team. Continue reading