The Rumor Round-up – 2/9/15

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We often hear a lot of jokes about all the Cosmos rumors that float out there. Two of my favorites involved what an incredible Starting XI our rumors would make and how a person could make a fortune off a nickel from every Cosmos transfer rumor.

Between that and questions on incoming players we’ve received, I thought I’d try to gather all unresolved rumors under one story and provide whatever updates I could find.

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Continuity, Change, and a Championship – A Look Ahead at Cosmos B in 2016

The stage was Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium on a warm summer evening.

No more than 20 seconds into the first extra time, Ibrahim Diaby swung his right boot through a backheel feed from Miguel Herlein on the edge of the 18 to stun the raucous record crowd of 18,227 into near silence. He sprinted towards the sideline, teammates in tow, in utter jubilation of the wonder goal he just scored.

Just before the stroke of halftime, Uwem Etuk found Julian Stahler on a breakaway for a tap in. As the ball rolled into the net, Stahler tore off his kit and sprinted towards the opposite sideline, knowing what the goal had meant.

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Official: TICC Announces Signings

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nSince its inception in early 2015, Cosmos Country Podcast has been dedicated to bringing you the best coverage on the New York Cosmos and the NASL. From our early beginnings and hiccups as a new show, we’ve since expanded with a blog and an overly active social media presence.

But today, we have the pleasure of announcing new local signings to the TICC family.

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Cosmos Country Report on First Touch

SGD.Masthead_for_WebWe’re happy to announce you can now find us on First Touch!

In their own words, First Touch is the USA’s longest running free weekly soccer magazine. Now in its 21st year serving the New York footballing community, First Touch continues to provide excellent analysis of all the top European action along with in-depth coverage of local teams and leagues.

TICC is happy to have linked up with First Touch. They are a quality source for soccer coverage in New York and we don’t know why they’d spend time on us. Everyone knows who they are and it’s a honor for us to write the Cosmos Country Report for them.

Make sure to go visit First Touch Online or grab a copy in your local soccer bar today!

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NASL Roster Moves in January: Final Week

nasl-logo2The final week of January continued to see teams work on their rosters. Not too many additions this week across the league, except for Rayo OKC, who continued to make some of the more interesting signings of the week. But, more importantly for Cosmos Country, we FINALLY saw some more new faces join the club.

 

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Depth Chart: What pieces are left to fill on the Cosmos roster?

game-planWhile the Cosmos are obviously not done with the roster, we thought it might be interesting to discuss what we’d like to see added on the roster before the seasons starts and point out potential problem spots.

Also, we’d love to hear from YOU, Cosmos Country. Sound off in the comments. Tell us why we’re wrong or where we overlooked something.

 

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Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco in their own words

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The Cosmos are starting to develop a Venezuelan flavor with the recent signings of Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco, members past and present of El Vinotinto, the Venezuelan national team. While Orozco currently has 25 caps with them, Arango left the national team as their “eterno capitán”, leading the team in caps and goals.

Joining Giovanni Savarese, himself a former Venezuelan international, the duo will seek to build on the successful 2015 season that ended in a league title and hopefully aim for a deeper push into the US Open Cup, where the Cosmos have been stopped at the Round of 16 for the last two years.

TICC recently had a chance to sit down and ask the new signings a few questions. Here’s what they had to say.

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