Cosmos B announce partial 2017 roster, Lucas Mendes signing, exhibition match with Dutch Lions

While the rebuild of the Cosmos senior team has been a big focal point for much of 2017, not much has been said about the state of the B team, besides the schedule they are to play in the NPSL this season. T hat changed on Friday morning, when the club announced seventeen players joining for the 2017 season. Continue reading

“Why not be seen on the national team?” Savarese, teammates praise “outstanding” Maurer

Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

When one talks about the Cosmos start to the 2017 season, many things can be discussed: match fitness, trying to find an offensive spark, or the three goal debacle to open their stay at MCU Park. However, of all the factors at play thus far for the green and white, one has certainly risen (literally and figuratively) above all others: the play of veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. Continue reading

MLS veteran Darrius Barnes adjusting well to life in New York

Darrius Barnes [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos, like many NASL clubs, have a history of signing players who have found success in Major League Soccer. In fact, the Cosmos back line, the unit that has most stayed intact since 2013, has seen the likes of Carlos Mendes and Hunter Freeman come from MLS and become stalwarts for the green and white. While this past offseason has changed a lot for the Cosmos, new signing Darrius Barnes has become a part of the continued Cosmos tradition of acquiring veteran MLS defenders. Continue reading

“I’m very, very happy to be back” – Ryan Richter talks off-season, turf, and 2017 expectations

Ryan Richter [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

“Ryan Richter is currently a right back for the New York Cosmos…or formerly a right back for the New York Cosmos…or who knows what’s going on with the Cosmos these days.”

The day is December 1st, and this is the introduction The Play Podcast host Bobby Warshaw gives the Cosmos right back. The episode is a beautiful analysis of a goal by Chelsea star winger Pedro, but a roughly two-minute conversation at the beginning of the recording serves as an indicator of the type of offseason the Philadelphia native was having. Continue reading

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

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

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