“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

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