Spanish legend Raul reflects on time with Cosmos, new challenges with La Liga

La Liga rooftop event [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Sunday, the two titans of La Liga Santander, Real Madrid and Barcelona, squared off for another running of El Clasico, a match whose importance was amplified by its proximity to the end of the season, and the possibility of seeing the top spot change hands.

La Liga also hosted an event in Manhattan attended by members of the New York soccer community and former members of the two clubs playing. Of the latter, one of those in attendance was Raul, eterno capitán of Real Madrid and a member of the New York Cosmos in 2015.  Continue reading

MLS veteran Darrius Barnes adjusting well to life in New York

Darrius Barnes [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos, like many NASL clubs, have a history of signing players who have found success in Major League Soccer. In fact, the Cosmos back line, the unit that has most stayed intact since 2013, has seen the likes of Carlos Mendes and Hunter Freeman come from MLS and become stalwarts for the green and white. While this past offseason has changed a lot for the Cosmos, new signing Darrius Barnes has become a part of the continued Cosmos tradition of acquiring veteran MLS defenders. Continue reading

“I’m very, very happy to be back” – Ryan Richter talks off-season, turf, and 2017 expectations

Ryan Richter [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

“Ryan Richter is currently a right back for the New York Cosmos…or formerly a right back for the New York Cosmos…or who knows what’s going on with the Cosmos these days.”

The day is December 1st, and this is the introduction The Play Podcast host Bobby Warshaw gives the Cosmos right back. The episode is a beautiful analysis of a goal by Chelsea star winger Pedro, but a roughly two-minute conversation at the beginning of the recording serves as an indicator of the type of offseason the Philadelphia native was having. 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

Juan Guerra: “When the Cosmos called, I didn’t think twice about it”

Juan Guerra and family [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Juan Guerra has only been with the New York Cosmos for the last two months, though he has been a part of a fierce rivalry with them, spending the last two years with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

However, In the short time that Juan Guerra has been with the Cosmos, he has fully embraced the club and its supporters, even making an appearance at the recent 5 Points fundraiser.

It would seem that, unsurprisingly to some, a big reason for this is none other than fellow Venezuelan Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. And this is hardly the first time the coach has convinced Guerra to make the trip to Brooklyn.

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Sebastian Guenzatti: “I’m here today and want to come back more than ever”

Sebastian Guenzatti and partner [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Sebastian Guenzatti’s future was put into question in an otherwise unremarkable game in Ottawa early last October. In the midst of a 1-1 draw, the Uruguayan went to ground after a collision, writhing in pain. The revelation of a ruptured ACL officially ended his season, leaving him looking at a 2017 return at the earliest.

But whereas the midfielder suffered a season-ending injury, the club would soon undergo a near-death experience where many things fell into question, including what lay ahead for Seba. Continue reading

Flores, Herrera ready to bring El Salvador partnership to the New York Cosmos

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

The Cosmos have been busy this offseason, rebuilding a team that was released near the end of December. During the rebuild, they recovered Andres Flores and wound up signing two of his teammates from his national team: Irvin Herrera and Richard Menjivar. Together, the three look to add an El Salvadorian flavor to the 2017 New York Cosmos. Continue reading

“I’m always up for a new challenge” – Danny Szetela talks San Francisco Deltas, New York Cosmos

Sebastian Guenzatti and Danny Szetela (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

Midfielder Danny Szetela was recently announced as a signing by the San Francisco Deltas, becoming only the second player from the 2016 New York Cosmos side to find a new home after Jairo Arrieta returned to play in Costa Rica. TICC recently got a chance to talk with the fan favorite, discussing the Deltas, Head Coach Marc Dos Santos and his time with the New York Cosmos. Continue reading

“That is just not an option for us” – Cosmos chairman Seamus O’Brien on NASL, USL prospects

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Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien

The silence has finally ended.

For months, the New York Cosmos deflected any questions outside the realm of what was happening on the playing field with replies of “We’re focused on winning a championship.”

November came and went, another trophy was won, and still the silence continued. And yet, the news still managed to find ways to reach the fans. Players and coaches were released, staff were terminated. Reports of massive debt. This morning, the Cosmos are due to appear in court where their landlord will attempt to recover over $50K in back rent and evict them.

The silence finally came to an end yesterday. And it essentially confirmed what many had figured out. The Cosmos will not field a team in 2017. 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