First three re-signings of the season – Richter, Ochieng, Calvillo return

The Cosmos are back, although a major rebuilding phase awaits them on the field. Still waiting on news of a home for the 2017 season, many questions are still remain on who will suit up for the green and white.

While several mainstays and fan favorites of the club have departed, three players will return for them in 2017.

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Demba Ba throws hat in San Diego soccer ring with NASL announcement

Demba Ba speaks with Eric Wynalda at the NSCAA [Photo: SiriusXM FC]

In an offseason that saw the NASL decrease to eight teams, one of the long rumored favorites for league expansion may have seen it’s figurehead come to be. Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba now plys his trade in China for Shanghai Shenhua, but if he has his way, he may have a new role quite soon: NASL club owner. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 72 – The Cosmos Don’t Sleep with the Fishes

After an extended hiatus (and some uncertainty on whether or not we’d be back), TICCPod is back talking New York Cosmos, the Rocco, and the Resurrection.

We’ll give you an update of how things played out for the club, who’s gone, who’s left and have a look at an unexpected savior. As usual, we read off your feedback, this time on the Rocco Commisso takeover of the team and answer your questions for us.

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David Diosa departs Cosmos, signs on with OKC Energy

David Diosa celebrates his goal with Lucky Mkosana (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

An offseason of turmoil and overhaul at the New York Cosmos has now seen one of it’s original reboot members depart for new pastures.

The OKC Energy of the USL announced Thursday that they had signed David Diosa, who had been a part of the Cosmos since 2010. Diosa moves west after what was considered by many to be his breakout year with the Cosmos, scoring three goals and assisting on another three in a career high 23 games played. Continue reading

Speculation: A Look at Potential Player Targets

David Diosa [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With the word officially out that Rocco Commisso will now be taking the reins and injecting life back into the Cosmos, the new head man also revealed Tuesday in his first conference call that head coach and sporting director, Gio Savarese, would be back in both roles, and would likely have all say in player acquisition and playing tactics.

We’ve seen Gio be very successful in this role in the past, but with the limited timeline in front of him, Gio himself said, “we aren’t starting from zero, we’re starting from minus five.” As the club now tries desperately to secure a stadium and build a roster for the 2017 season before April 1 (and likely far before then), we take a look at some potential acquisitions for the Boys in Green.

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Commisso: “High probability that we’re going to play in the five boroughs”

Rocco Commisso [Photo: New York Cosmos]

There’s still work to be done, but Cosmos Chairman Rocco Commisso and Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese yesterday began to answer the questions of where the Cosmos look to play the 2017 season and who would suit up in the green and white. Continue reading

A club defined by starpower and spending sees a pragmatist take the reins

[L-R] Giovanni Savarese, Rocco Commisso, Erik Stover [Photo: New York Cosmos]

On a media call Tuesday morning, the New York Cosmos introduced Rocco B. Commisso as their new majority owner, keeping the team from fading off the field for a second time in their history and potentially ushering it into a different direction.

“We’ve found our savior,” shared Cosmos COO Erik Stover in a media call Tuesday morning. “A savior for this club and, I believe, a savior that has kept the North American Soccer League going.”

What were some of the words this savior dropped in yesterday’s call when discussing the future of this team?

“I don’t know.”

“Let’s take one step at a time.”

While underwhelming to some, those words were indicative of a view that has not always been associated with this club: pragmatism. And while it’s still too early to tell, this approach may have been what was sorely needed by an organization in a tailspin. Continue reading

Adam Moffat, Juan Arango, Yohandry Orozco sign with new clubs

Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco celebrate at the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

According to reports, the Cosmos may be on the verge of recalling most of the members of the 2016 Championship squad, but at least three key components from last year’s team won’t be a factor going forward. Continue reading

Official: Rocco Commisso takes reins of Cosmos ownership

After weeks of rumors, the release of players and staff, and questions on the future of the club, the Cosmos have confirmed new ownership. Chairman and CEO of Mediacom Communications Corporation Rocco B. Commisso has now taken over as Chairman and majority owner of the club. Continue reading