Speculation 3.0: Navigating the New York Cosmos Rumor Mill

Cosmos Training [Photo by Steve Hamlin]

Things are finally taking shape for the Cosmos as the clock ticks towards the March 25 kickoff for the 2017 NASL Spring Season. As it stands, the Cosmos roster has 18 players under contract, but rumors once again have been swirling around the club. Three trialists were present at the open practice for media, and Amauri was officially announced at the team’s press conference. The club is still expected to have 20 players signed before their preseason trip to the Dominican Republic, and Gio hinted at more signings coming soon, including the possibility of another former player.

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Trialists on hand, signings on the way for the New York Cosmos

[L-R] Giovanni Savarese, Amauri, Rocco Commisso [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

The New York Cosmos may have unveiled Amauri at their open media practice at Columbia University on Tuesday, but the club had some other surprises and news in store when it came to questions about the developing roster.  Continue reading

New York Cosmos announce signing of Italian striker Amauri

Giovanni Savarese, Amauri, Rocco Commisso [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos announced the signing of striker Amauri on Tuesday, officially bringing their roster count to 18 players. The forward joins from the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers where he spent the 2016 Fall Season. The 36-year-old played 13 matches for the Strikers, starting eight and logged five goals and an assist. Continue reading

New York Cosmos in discussions with experienced NASL midfielder Lance Laing

Lance Laing [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

TICC has independently learned that the New York Cosmos have been in negotiations with midfielder Lance Laing, who spent last season with Minnesota United. The Jamaican international started 12 of 19 appearances for the Loons in 2016, scoring one goal. Continue reading

Cosmos preseason destination revealed to be the Dominican Republic

Jack Gaeta with an employee of Club Atletico Pantoja [Photo: Club Atletico Pantoja]

A soccer team with a friendly in a country whose athletic highlights are centered around baseball? No, it’s not the 2015 Cosmos to Cuba trip, but it looks like the 2017 team will play a friendly in the Dominican Republic on March 3rd.

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Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 74 – Snowed in: A chat with New York Cosmos Chairman Rocco Commisso

We’re back with a special treat, an exclusive audio interview with New York Cosmos majority owner Rocco B. Commisso. He offers some updates on what fans can expect from the club and from him and shares what he feels his obligations are in a battle with Nick for the best New York accent.

As usual, we’re here talking about all the new revolving around the club and the league, including returning players and a new home and read off your thoughts on a crazy schedule and questions about the Cosmos, the league, and more.

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NASL 2017: Quirks of the Schedule

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

We’re pleased to present an opinion piece from Chad Irvine, a writer and podcaster covering the Indy Eleven. Chad was kind enough to share his thoughts on the 2017 NASL schedule with us. 

The NASL schedule is still young, very young, but in the end it is final (with the exception of a Cosmos match that could be flexed for the USOC final). After all the drama that occurred during the offseason, and the league nearly collapsing, an eight team schedule was bound to have some quirks. When it was initially released on Monday, I immediately checked my team’s schedule and realized how odd it was. Looking then to the entire league overlook, I realized how unbalanced it really was. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast records Thursday, send your thoughts and questions

We’re back and recording a new episode this Thursday with a special guest as we talk Cosmos, recent roster moves, the return to MCU Park, and the schedule.

Send us your Cosmos or NASL thoughts and questions here or use CosmosCountryPodcast at gmail.

We also have a few questions for you. How do you feel about the 2017 NASL schedule? Is it unbalanced? Are there too many travel issues? Are you fine with it? Let us know!