“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


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

Why Jon Busch? The answer to that penalty kick question

Jon Busch [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Jon Busch [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

It’s been a few days since the NASL Final and one question that has continued to pop up from fans who watched the game revolves around one defining moment in the match.

During penalty kicks, with them down 2-1, Indy Eleven goalkeeper Jon Busch unexpectedly stepped up to the spot for their third attempt. He would send his shot high. Already ahead in the count, the Cosmos would sink their next two and win it.

But, why even have him take it? While not unheard of, it’s a rarity to see a goalkeeper make the attempt, especially when already feeling the pressure of being behind in the count. Continue reading

“The Final was the example of the year that we have had” – Savarese on 2016

Giovanni Savarese after the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Giovanni Savarese after the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

There’s no question that the Cosmos have been considered the flagship franchise of the NASL for some time. And it’s not a sentiment voiced exclusively by Cosmos fans as fans of other clubs around the league have often expressed the same opinion.

However, despite the shine of their storied past decades ago, three titles in the last four years, and signings that have included Raul and Marcos Senna, things have not come easy for the club with hiccups along the way.

This year, some of those distractions were evident on the field as well, but the Cosmos still found a way to stay focused on their quest for another title.  Continue reading

Juan Arango looks ahead to the NASL Final and an uncertain future to follow

Juan Arango celebrates his goal over Rayo OKC [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Juan Arango celebrates his goal over Rayo OKC [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

One can argue that Juan Arango is making a case as the greatest Cosmos of the Modern Era and the season still isn’t over.

In one year with the Cosmos, he’s become their highest scorer, leaving behind the record set by Marcos Senna across three seasons. He’s taken several honors across the year, including the Emirates Player of the Year award and recently, the NASL Golden Ball.

TICC had a chance to discuss the course of the season and future plans with the Venezuelan player shortly after he received the Emirates trophy this week. He seems very satisfied, not just with his own accomplishments, but the efforts of his teammates across the year.  Continue reading

“It’s a successful story”: The Danny Szetela story, Part 2

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

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’s time in the nation’s capital didn’t go exactly as planned. Continue reading

“He’s a fighter”: The Danny Szetela story, Part One

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steven Hamlin/TICC]

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steven Hamlin/TICC]

The Hype.

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

NASL title on the line, two coaches discuss their mutual respect

(L-R) Giovanni Savarese and Tim Hankinson

(L-R) Giovanni Savarese and Tim Hankinson

With the NASL title game fast approaching this weekend, the NASL held a press conference call on Wednesday afternoon, bringing together players and coaches from the two teams that will battle for the right to hoist the Soccer Bowl.

And while it may be the first time the two coaches will directly compete with each other in a match with hardware implications, this season has hardly been the first time Giovanni Savarese and Tim Hankinson have crossed paths. Continue reading

Giovanni Savarese talks NASL Final, Duk availability

Giovanni Savarese [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Giovanni Savarese [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The NASL Final, the pinnacle of the second division’s season, will take place this weekend at Belson Stadium in Queens, when the New York Cosmos play host to the Indy Eleven.

TICCPod recently had the chance to talk with Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese to discuss the club’s approach to the title match and the possible loss of one of their strikers to international duty. Continue reading