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 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
Jimmy Ockford [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
The Cosmos may have announced the return of two key members of their back line yesterday afternoon, but one of the younger components of the defensive unit has moved on to a new destination. Continue reading
Ayoze [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
The poet C.S. Lewis once said that “The death of a beloved is an amputation.”
In this moment, there are no words that could be more fitting. Continue reading
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 [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
Danny Szetela’s time in the nation’s capital didn’t go exactly as planned. Continue reading
Danny Szetela [Photo: Steven Hamlin/TICC]
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
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
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
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