Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 76 – The ‘Bonus Season’ Opener

We’re back for the kickoff of the “bonus season” as the New York Cosmos travel to Puerto Rico for their season opener.

Young Steve Hamlin joins us to talk about some of our newer prospects and signings. We again look around the league and around the world of soccer. We talk Rocco. We talk pro/rel. We talk your comments. We address some issues. And we do it all in the space of an hour.

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2017 Preview: New York Cosmos

2016 Season Review 

Fresh off a title in 2015, the New York Cosmos came out of Raul and Marcos Senna’s joint retirement poised for the same result. Boasting new signings such as former Tottenham star Niko Kranjcar, MLS standouts Michael Lahoud and Jairo Arrieta, and returning many key elements of the 2015 team, many believed the Cosmos had assembled their deepest and most talented squad in the modern era. In fact, many in Cosmos Country expected this to be the year the Cosmos advanced another round deeper into the U.S. Open Cup. Continue reading

2017 Preview: Indy Eleven

2016 Season Review

Last season began in disarray for Indy Eleven. With an astounding eighteen players on their way out the door, including Brazilian midfielder Kléberson, incoming Head Coach and former San Antonio Scorpions manager Tim Hankinson had his work cut out for him. With rumors of unrest in the locker room, players coming and going daily, and Hankinson publicly expressing his frustrations in preseason, many around the NASL expected a down year for the third-year club. Continue reading

2017 Preview: FC Edmonton

 2016 Season Review

The 2016 season saw the Eddies return to post season play for the first time since 2011 (when six of the eight NASL clubs made the playoffs). Following the club’s preseason in Scotland, Edmonton would go on to finish third in the Spring, Fall, and combined standings, allowing a league best 21 goals through both seasons. The Eddies would lose to Indy Eleven in the first round of the NASL playoffs.

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NASL announces continuation of beIn, ESPN3 deals; Deltas to broadcast on Twitter

It appears that despite an offseason of great turmoil, the NASL has been able to keep much of its 2016 broadcast lineup. On Wednesday, the league announced the return of beIN Sports and ESPN3 to their offering of national broadcast options. Additionally, the San Francisco Deltas independently announced that they reached a deal to broadcast all of their home games live on Twitter. Continue reading

Us Against the World: The Cosmos and the US Open Cup, Part 2

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

Following a successful inaugural season which saw the Cosmos win the NASL Fall Season and ensuing Soccer Bowl, plenty of intrigue and questions continued to surround the Cosmos and their future. The club looked to build on their successful first stint, but something else had come out involving the future of the club; they were staying in the NASL for the long run.

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2017 Preview: Miami FC

2016 Season Review

Miami’s inaugural season was a tale of two halves. Coming into 2016 the hype train was running at full speed with Miami building their team around internationally experienced talents Matuzalem, Wilson Palacios, and Dario Cvitanich. Play on the field would dictate differently however, as Miami would take dead last in their inaugural season.

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2017 Preview: North Carolina FC

2016 Season Review

“How ’bout them Carolina RailHawks?!” The last year of the RailHawk was full of ups and downs for the new look North Carolina FC. After staying local for the preseason and playing mostly neighboring universities and USL sides (along with Toluca of Liga MX), Carolina started the 2016 Spring by winning their first four league contests. The club’s first loss would come on their visit to Hofstra in a match that would end with the Cosmos in front, 1-0. The RailHawks would not win again and spiral down the standings over the last five weeks, finishing the Spring in seventh place.

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New York Cosmos announce Inaria partnership, unveil new kits

[L-R] Carlos Mendes, Jimmy Maurer, and Ayoze in new kits [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

At Tuesday’s Media Day, the Cosmos officially announced their new partnership with Inaria, a Canadian designer and manufacturer of soccer apparel and equipment. The deal, coming after the Cosmos relationship with Under Armour soured, is the third of its kind this season for Inaria, who also recently agreed to deals with FC Edmonton and the San Francisco Deltas. Inaria also had deals with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Minnesota United in 2016 and boasts a partnership with 2015 MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco. Continue reading