NASL Recap: A night of draws opens up the Spring Season

Only four goals were scored in the opening week of the NASL as all three matches ended in draws. Two teams, including last year’s champion, failed to find the net in their season openers, while FC Edmonton and the Jacksonville Armada sat out the opening round of NASL action. Continue reading

Match Preview: New York Cosmos open ‘bonus season’ at Puerto Rico

The remaining questions can be put to bed for a day. The New York Cosmos will play their first competitive match since the club nearly expired for the second time in its history. And despite an impressive lineup, they will face a determined Puerto Rico FC that has something to prove. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 76 – The ‘Bonus Season’ Opener

We’re back for the kickoff of the “bonus season” as the New York Cosmos travel to Puerto Rico for their season opener.

Young Steve Hamlin joins us to talk about some of our newer prospects and signings. We again look around the league and around the world of soccer. We talk Rocco. We talk pro/rel. We talk your comments. We address some issues. And we do it all in the space of an hour.

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“We’re not doing a great job” – Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso on American soccer, pro/rel

Rocco Commisso [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

He may be the newest team owner in the NASL, but he’s one of the most opinionated on the most polarizing issue in American soccer.

At Cosmos Media Day, Rocco Commisso touched on the state of soccer in the United States, openly expressing his thoughts that the United States had peaked in soccer in 1930 and the setup for today’s game kept lower league title winners from being rewarded. It also prevented teams from spending money on building their rosters when moving to MLS. Continue reading

New York Cosmos draw Bermuda, bring home Bermudian player

[L-R] Ryan Richter closes in on Oneko Lowe [Photo: Blaire Simmons/Royal Gazette]

The New York Cosmos closed out their preseason with a 1-1 draw against the Bermudian National Team at the National Sports Centre on Sunday. While they did not take the win, they do return with a player to join New York Cosmos B. Continue reading

Puerto Rico FC president responds to claims of potential ineligibility of club

[L-R] Adrian Whitbread, Carmelo Anthony, Thomas Payne, Neil Sillett [Photo: Juan Costa/Noticel]

Following a report from Futbol Boricua indicating Puerto Rico FC might not be able to play with a potential suspension of the Puerto Rican football federation (FPF), Thomas Payne, president of Puerto Rico FC has responded to the claims.

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Cosmos opener to air on beIN but PRFC may be ineligble to play

Puerto Rico FC may not be permitted to play [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos, fresh off an announcement of airing games on WPIX and MSG Networks this spring, may see their season opener at Puerto Rico air on beIN Sports according to the scheduling of the match on the network.

However, that game may not be able to take place with the Puerto Rican federation facing suspension from FIFA, potentially making Puerto Rico FC ineligible to play. Continue reading