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

Cosmos continue to add depth, sign defender Jaković, midfielder Ledesma

Dejan Jakovic [Photo: Getty Images]

On Wednesday, the Cosmos made huge strides in addressing a few nagging depth questions ahead of the 2017 season. The club announcing the signing of Canadian center back Dejan Jaković, who spent the last three years at Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse. The club also announced the signing of trialist Emmanuel Ledesma, who last played for Panetolikos FC in Greece. Continue reading

“It just worked out”: Eugene Starikov discusses Cosmos move, Gio’s system

Eugene Starikov [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

One of the more talked about and intriguing Cosmos signings of the offseason has to be Eugene Starikov. Following a standout campaign at Bradenton Academics, the Ukrainian-American spent the following ten years abroad, making stops at Zenit St. Petersburg and other clubs in the Ukraine and Russia. However, this past offseason was different. Starikov had subsequent trials with Minnesota and the Cosmos, landing a deal with the latter. So, what brought him here? Continue reading

2017 Preview: Jacksonville Armada

The Armada’s second NASL season arrived with much fanfare. Former US Men’s National Team keeper Tony Meola came in as head coach, and the roster featured many an impressive list of new and impressive talent, including Richie Ryan, Matt Fondy, Pekka Lagerblom, and Charles Eloundou. Seemingly, the Armada were set up for success following a dismal 2015.

This would not the case, as the Armada recorded an abysmal 1-4-5 record in the Spring Season. Tony Meola was canned after only nine months on the job, and captain Ritchie Ryan was transferred to Miami FC. Fellow promising newcomers Matt Fondy and Junior Sandoval did not pan out and were shipped off to new homes in the NASL. All in all, interim Head Coach Mark Lowry inherited a shipwreck coming in to the second half of the Armada’s sophomore season. Continue reading

Kevin Anderson named new Head Coach of New York Cosmos B

Kevin Anderson [Photo: New York Cosmos]

Following the news of the team’s revival and their first announced roster acquisition in Bermudian winger Oneko Lowe, New York Cosmos B now has a new leader at the helm of the ship. Hours before media day on Tuesday, the Cosmos announced that Kevin Anderson would become the new head coach of the club’s reserve side. The former MLS midfielder becomes the third coach of the B team in three seasons and comes from Columbia University, where he held the same role. Continue reading

Flores, Menjivar, and Herrera receive El Salvador call ups, may miss season opener

[L-R] Andres Flores, Richard Menjivar, Irvin Herrera [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With World Cup qualifiers and other international call-ups becoming second nature to Cosmos in 2016, it appears 2017 will bring much of the same.

On Saturday, the club announced that Andrés Flores, Richard Menjivar, and Irvin Herrera were called up by El Salvador for a pair of friendlies in preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The trio were essential in gaining La Selecta a spot in the tournament, with Flores (wearing the captain’s armband) assisting on Herrera’s goal in a 1-0 win over Nicaragua to finish third in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana. Continue reading