Ayoze receives green card, Cosmos free up international spot

Ayoze (Photo: Steve Hamlin)

Ayoze (Photo: Steve Hamlin)

With the departure of Niko Kranjčar, the Cosmos were back down to seven international players on the roster. Today, they are down to six.

Spanish defender Ayoze has received a green card, re-classifying him as a domestic player and freeing up an international spot for the New York side. Continue reading

Niko Kranjčar completes move to Rangers

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Niko Kranjčar {Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

One of the biggest transfer sagas in the modern Cosmos era as come to a close, and it’s not a positive for the boys in green.

Today it was announced that Croatian attacking midfielder Niko Kranjčar signed a two-year deal with Scottish club Rangers F.C. Kranjčar is the sixth signing for Rangers during this window, as the Glasgow club prepares for its first season back in the Scottish top flight since their liquidation following the 2011-2012 season and subsequent takeover by Sevco Scotland Ltd. Continue reading

Cosmos COO Erik Stover: Niko Kranjčar unlikely to return for fall; Cosmos roster and friendly news

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Niko Kranjčar (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

On Monday, the BBC was told by Niko Kranjčar’s lawyer that the Croatian will undergo a medical with Rangers FC as he seeks to return to European first-division soccer.

That evening, Cosmos COO Erik Stover confirmed to Cosmos Country Podcast that the international midfielder will most likely not return for the fall.  Continue reading

Cosmos COO Erik Stover: “Criminal activity” caused Hofstra to ban USOC matches

13428491_10154398405671091_5503252106946949317_nOn a press call last week, Cosmos COO Erik Stover disclosed that US Open Cup matches would no longer be held at Shuart Stadium. With fan behavior at the 2015 NYCFC derby getting out of hand, Hofstra University made the decision that the facility would no longer be available for the Cosmos to host MLS competition.

In this week’s episode of Cosmos Country Podcast, he hammered his point home some more.  Continue reading

NYCFC behind them, Cosmos look ahead to the Revolution

13453886_10154396746036091_359418877_nAfter the first round of MLS participation in this year’s Open Cup, the remaining teams were all subject to a regional draw to determine their opponents. Placed in a group with the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union, the Cosmos will now face the Revolution on June 29th at Belson Stadium. Continue reading