Spanish legend Raul reflects on time with Cosmos, new challenges with La Liga

La Liga rooftop event [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Sunday, the two titans of La Liga Santander, Real Madrid and Barcelona, squared off for another running of El Clasico, a match whose importance was amplified by its proximity to the end of the season, and the possibility of seeing the top spot change hands.

La Liga also hosted an event in Manhattan attended by members of the New York soccer community and former members of the two clubs playing. Of the latter, one of those in attendance was Raul, eterno capitán of Real Madrid and a member of the New York Cosmos in 2015.  Continue reading

Cosmos B announce partial 2017 roster, Lucas Mendes signing, exhibition match with Dutch Lions

While the rebuild of the Cosmos senior team has been a big focal point for much of 2017, not much has been said about the state of the B team, besides the schedule they are to play in the NPSL this season. T hat changed on Friday morning, when the club announced seventeen players joining for the 2017 season. Continue reading

“Why not be seen on the national team?” Savarese, teammates praise “outstanding” Maurer

Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

When one talks about the Cosmos start to the 2017 season, many things can be discussed: match fitness, trying to find an offensive spark, or the three goal debacle to open their stay at MCU Park. However, of all the factors at play thus far for the green and white, one has certainly risen (literally and figuratively) above all others: the play of veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. Continue reading

MLS veteran Darrius Barnes adjusting well to life in New York

Darrius Barnes [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos, like many NASL clubs, have a history of signing players who have found success in Major League Soccer. In fact, the Cosmos back line, the unit that has most stayed intact since 2013, has seen the likes of Carlos Mendes and Hunter Freeman come from MLS and become stalwarts for the green and white. While this past offseason has changed a lot for the Cosmos, new signing Darrius Barnes has become a part of the continued Cosmos tradition of acquiring veteran MLS defenders. Continue reading

US Open Cup: NASL gets a first look at possible opponents

US Soccer announced the First Round matchups of the 2017 US Open Cup yesterday, the 104th edition of the tournament. While the opening round will take place on May 9th and 10th, the absence of a third division this year means the NASL and USL will both drop in on May 16th and 17th.

Another round would follow prior to any potential match-up with an MLS side.

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US Open Cup: Cosmos to face Clarkstown SC Eagles or Reading United AC in opener

We Want The Cup 5 Points Tifo [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

The first round pairings for the 2017 edition of the US Open Cup are complete. The Cosmos will face the winner of PDL side Reading United AC and NPSL’s Clarkstown SC Eagles. The potential venues were also revealed for the Cosmos’ Cup opener. Rocco B Commisso Stadium at Columbia would be the host if Clarkstown wins the matchup, and the Cosmos would go on the road if Reading gets the upper hand. Regardless of venue, the match will be played May 17. Clarkstown travels to face host Reading in Pennsylvania the week before, May 10.

Clarkstown SC Eagles

Clarkstown were the NPSL Northeastern Division champions in 2016. They would lose to eventual league champion AFC Cleveland in the semi-finals, 3-2. The Eagles will begin their 2017 campaign on May 13. Forward Ryan Morris was invited to play in the 2017 NPSL Showcase and defender Chris Riordan made the 2016 NPSL Best XI First Team last season.

Reading United AC

Reading reached the 2016 PDL Conference Finals after finishing at the top of their division with a 10-1-3 record. Midfielder Paul Marie made the Eastern Conference All-Conference team. Their 2017 season also begins May 13, and forward Hugo Delhommelle and defender Robert Sagul both were listed on the 2016 PDL Top Prospects List.

Looking Ahead

The Cosmos will be the clear favorite regardless of who wins the first round matchup. Having the Cosmos stay home and play on Rocco’s field would definitely be the preferred outcome. The potential third round pairings will be announced before the second round games are played, where the Cosmos are likely to be paired against a USL side for the first time in the club’s cup history.