An open letter to Seamus O’Brien

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nAt TICC, we’ve celebrated the team’s successes, but have respectfully challenged the club when we feel they’ve fallen short of their stated goals.

Today, we share an open letter from a founding member of the Borough Boys to Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien in an effort to understand the club’s strategy and how they will get there. Continue reading

New York Cosmos fall to Indy Eleven 3-0

Don Smart and Ayoze [Photo: Matt Schlotzhauer]

Don Smart and Ayoze [Photo: Matt Schlotzhauer]

The New York Cosmos fell to the Indy Eleven 3-0 behind goals from Justin Braun, Eamon Zayed, and Dylan Mares. The loss ended a nine-game unbeaten streak for the Cosmos and was the fifth time this season the Cosmos were shut out.  Continue reading

Cosmos Country Episode 62 – ‘The Clubs and League in Question Episode’ with Jason Bruzzichesi, Editor-in-Chief of Midfield Press

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back, talking a draw with Edmonton, the race for first, and another match against Indy.

But, then we dive into all the recent rumors centered around the state of the NASL, the New York Cosmos and the other clubs with Jason Bruzzichesi, Editor-in-Chief of Midfield Press and author of a piece that suggests the Cosmos may be in a difficult position.

We asked the fans across the league; Cosmos, Rowdies, Indy, Ottawa, and more to sound off and share their thoughts. With so many questions rising for the clubs and the league, many fans have an opinion and we’re grateful they’ve shared them with us.

Make sure to give this one a listen. Continue reading

Road to 100: Carlos Mendes – The 2016 season and the captain’s future

14397464_10154609061191091_1161681785_nIn Part 1 of our Road to 100: Carlos Mendes series, we covered the beginnings of the captain’s story from his youth, through college, into USL and MLS. In Part 2, we covered the beginnings of the Modern Era Cosmos and some of the major moments through the 2015 Championship. Part 3 focused on the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

While there’s a proud past to look back on, Carlos’ career has brought him here to the 2016 season, the one where he has hiit the century mark with the re-born Cosmos. It’s only fitting that the captain is one to start this prestigious club in the Modern Era.

And this season has been a challenge with lots of changes on the field. But despite players departing the club mid-season and a poor run of results for most of the season on the road, the club has managed to put itself in the driver’s seat to host a playoff match. Continue reading

Family Man: Ryan Richter talks Cosmos move, NASL/USL differences, more

Ryan Richter [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Ryan Richter [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

It’s been an interesting ten months for Ryan Richter.

First, following Ottawa Fury’s loss to the New York Cosmos in the 2015 Soccer Bowl, Richter decided to return home, signing for Bethlehem Steel of the USL. Wedding band shining in the sunlight at Mitchel Field, Richter talked about how family played a part in leaving the NASL finalists. Continue reading

Episode 62 of Cosmos Country Podcast records Thursday – Send in your questions, answer ours

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nEpisode 62 records Thursday. Send us your thoughts on the draw with Edmonton and your general Cosmos and NASL questions to us here or at CosmosCountryPodcast at gmail.

Our listener question: Are you concerned about the Cosmos’ finishing issues over their last three games as they prepare to hit the road?

Lastly, we want to talk USSF. With rumors flying about the Canadian Premier League, USL absorption of the NASL, and now FIFA stepping in to force pro/rel in Australia, we have to ask, what would you like to see US Soccer become in a few years?

Road to 100: Carlos Mendes – Derbies, Raul, and a “complete” title

14397464_10154609061191091_1161681785_nIn Part 2 of our “Road to 100: Carlos Mendes” series, we covered the story of how the Long Island native joined the club, then led them to a championship in their first season.

2013 was an incredible season for the reboot side. A big start to the year and two pieces of hardware by the end of it.

2014 and 2015 would be very different, however. Continue reading

Signing: Ryan Richter joins the New York Cosmos

12597125_10154618786456091_656239231_oThe New York Cosmos have joined the multitude of NASL sides to have added players from the 2015 NASL runners-up Ottawa Fury.

In a move that will add quality and depth to their backline, Ryan Richter, a proven option at right back, joins from Bethlehem Steel of USL, a team he’s been a part of since December.

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Road to 100: Carlos Mendes – The Cosmos, the captaincy, and a championship

14397464_10154609061191091_1161681785_nIn Part 1 of our Road to 100: Carlos Mendes series, we covered his beginnings from a Long Island youth soccer player to his time away at college in Virginia, before returning to New York to play USL ball and his break into MLS with the MetroStars. 

In a few short years, the New York Cosmos have made their presence felt in the US soccer scene. Two NASL titles. Highly publicized friendlies in El Salvador, Cuba, and Hong Kong. The signings of players like Raul and Marcos Senna. So where does one start when covering all of that’s transpired in such a short time?

How about at the beginning? With the signing of one, single player. Continue reading