First three re-signings of the season – Richter, Ochieng, Calvillo return

The Cosmos are back, although a major rebuilding phase awaits them on the field. Still waiting on news of a home for the 2017 season, many questions are still remain on who will suit up for the green and white.

While several mainstays and fan favorites of the club have departed, three players will return for them in 2017.

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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

Speculation: A Look at Potential Player Targets

David Diosa [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With the word officially out that Rocco Commisso will now be taking the reins and injecting life back into the Cosmos, the new head man also revealed Tuesday in his first conference call that head coach and sporting director, Gio Savarese, would be back in both roles, and would likely have all say in player acquisition and playing tactics.

We’ve seen Gio be very successful in this role in the past, but with the limited timeline in front of him, Gio himself said, “we aren’t starting from zero, we’re starting from minus five.” As the club now tries desperately to secure a stadium and build a roster for the 2017 season before April 1 (and likely far before then), we take a look at some potential acquisitions for the Boys in Green.

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Adam Moffat, Juan Arango, Yohandry Orozco sign with new clubs

Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco celebrate at the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

According to reports, the Cosmos may be on the verge of recalling most of the members of the 2016 Championship squad, but at least three key components from last year’s team won’t be a factor going forward. Continue reading

Yasmani Duk goes to Saudi Arabia; may launch FIFA suit for unpaid Cosmos wages

Yasmani Duk [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Another former Cosmos has found a new team as Yasmani Duk will travel to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Ettifaq FC after spending the 2016 season on loan with New York. TICC spoke with with player’s agent, Rodrigo Osorio, discovering the deal had been approved and legal action might be taken against the Cosmos for unpaid wages.  Continue reading

Lucky Mkosana off to join defending Finland champions

Lucky Mkosana Signing Press Conference [Photo: Lucky Mkosana Instagram]

Another former Cosmos player found a new home as IFK Mariehamn announced the signing of fan favorite Lucky Mkosana. The Zimbabwean becomes the third player to find a new team as he joins his first professional club outside the United States after playing most recently for the Cosmos and Rowdies. Continue reading

“They should have joined MLS from the start” – Ayoze shares his take on the Cosmos situation

Ayoze: what comes next? [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Ayoze: what comes next? [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos find themselves dangerously close to fading back into the state they existed as for nearly thirty years: a memory. Answers are not forthcoming from the club. Players have been released with no statement. Staffers have been terminated again with no statement. Rumors of the current ownership seeking new owners or investors persist. Again, no statements.

With no answers coming from the club, some thoughts on how the Cosmo have been run has come from Ayoze, a staple of the team and a member of the 2016 NASL Starting XI. His recent interview with Marca painted an unflattering image of how things were being run. Continue reading