Demba Ba throws hat in San Diego soccer ring with NASL announcement

Demba Ba speaks with Eric Wynalda at the NSCAA [Photo: SiriusXM FC]

In an offseason that saw the NASL decrease to eight teams, one of the long rumored favorites for league expansion may have seen it’s figurehead come to be. Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba now plys his trade in China for Shanghai Shenhua, but if he has his way, he may have a new role quite soon: NASL club owner. Continue reading

David Diosa departs Cosmos, signs on with OKC Energy

David Diosa celebrates his goal with Lucky Mkosana (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

An offseason of turmoil and overhaul at the New York Cosmos has now seen one of it’s original reboot members depart for new pastures.

The OKC Energy of the USL announced Thursday that they had signed David Diosa, who had been a part of the Cosmos since 2010. Diosa moves west after what was considered by many to be his breakout year with the Cosmos, scoring three goals and assisting on another three in a career high 23 games played. Continue reading

“It’s a successful story”: The Danny Szetela story, Part 2

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

In Part 1 of The Danny Szetela story, Steve Hamlin covered Danny’s time with the US youth national teams and his time overseas. You can read it here

Danny Szetela’s time in the nation’s capital didn’t go exactly as planned. Continue reading

“He’s a fighter”: The Danny Szetela story, Part One

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steven Hamlin/TICC]

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steven Hamlin/TICC]

The Hype.

It’s a term given to the coverage and expectations perpetually lumped upon young talented sports stars, many times before the beginning of their professional careers. “The Hype” claims that a 17 year old will be better than Michael Jordan. “The Hype” tightens the vice grip of public opinion and scrutiny. “The Hype” manifests within a player in the form of confidence that only seasoned veterans enjoy. And, more often than not, “The Hype” claims careers over long before they actually are.

Danny Szetela was once anointed with “The Hype”, and nearly part of the many scalps it has claimed over the years. Continue reading

An Ode to Shuart Stadium

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Today, the New York Cosmos will play Rayo OKC in the NASL Championship Semi-Final at James M. Shuart Stadium. With rumors of a move to Brooklyn swirling since June and a possible final at Belson Stadium looming, there is a decent chance that this match will be the Cosmos’ last at Hofstra University. In this letter, Cosmos Country writer Steven Hamlin reflects on what the stadium meant to him. Continue reading

Opinion: At Belson, ‘Mos get home field advantage… and not much else

The Cosmos at Belson [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos at Belson [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Tuesday, the New York Cosmos announced that if the club were to host the NASL Soccer Bowl, it would be held at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University. This sent NASL fans of all colors, not just green and white, into a frenzy, producing a #BiggerThanBelson response to the choice of a venue that seats a mere 2,168 people. Continue reading

“I was excited, I didn’t even know what happened.” – Eric Calvillo talks first start, goal, development

Eric Calvillo [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Eric Calvillo [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

When US Youth National team member Eric Calvillo talked to SBI Soccer about his first professional contract in January, he set a modest set of goals.

“Hopefully, I can expect to get a couple of minutes and develop my game.”

Calvillo certainly exceeded those parameters this past Saturday, earning his first professional start for the Cosmos against Minnesota United. At only 18, the start would be quite the occasion for the midfielder. Continue reading

Cosmos Training Notebook: Oguchi Onyewu, NASL Trophy, Hunter Freeman, and more

NASL Fall Trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

NASL Fall Trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Thursday, the New York Cosmos were presented with their Fall Season Champions Trophy by NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. Peterson mentioned how it seems that “I have more photos next to Carlos than my wife”, and continued on to compliment the Cosmos on their consistency and professionalism. Continue reading