2017 Preview: New York Cosmos

2016 Season Review 

Fresh off a title in 2015, the New York Cosmos came out of Raul and Marcos Senna’s joint retirement poised for the same result. Boasting new signings such as former Tottenham star Niko Kranjcar, MLS standouts Michael Lahoud and Jairo Arrieta, and returning many key elements of the 2015 team, many believed the Cosmos had assembled their deepest and most talented squad in the modern era. In fact, many in Cosmos Country expected this to be the year the Cosmos advanced another round deeper into the U.S. Open Cup. Continue reading

New York Cosmos announce Inaria partnership, unveil new kits

[L-R] Carlos Mendes, Jimmy Maurer, and Ayoze in new kits [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

At Tuesday’s Media Day, the Cosmos officially announced their new partnership with Inaria, a Canadian designer and manufacturer of soccer apparel and equipment. The deal, coming after the Cosmos relationship with Under Armour soured, is the third of its kind this season for Inaria, who also recently agreed to deals with FC Edmonton and the San Francisco Deltas. Inaria also had deals with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Minnesota United in 2016 and boasts a partnership with 2015 MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco. Continue reading

Cosmos announce Spring Season TV schedule, deals with WPIX and MSG Networks

In their first broadcasting moves in the post-One World Sports era, the Cosmos announced Thursday morning that they had reached agreements with both WPIX (Channel 11) and MSG Networks to broadcast Cosmos games locally during the 2017 NASL Spring Season. The club also announced that a number of games will be available through the national television deal expected to be announced by the NASL next week, which could hint at Rocco Commisso’s repeated promises of the Cosmos arrival on beIn Sports. Continue reading

Spare squares: Erik Stover comments on presence of Nexxfield at MCU Park

Nexxfield being laid down in its previous home at Miller Stadium for Rayo OKC [Photo: Nexxfield]

With the New York Cosmos’ move from Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium, gone are the jokes of lacrosse lines and giant Hofstra lettering. Despite concerns of brown “infield” turf and the massive “Brooklyn Cyclones” logo in the outfield at MCU Park, the club will no longer contend with any of these distractions as they will use a turf system designed to present a soccer-only experience. Continue reading

Offseason Review: From a title, to Brooklyn, with near death in between

On Sunday, August 1st, 2010, Pele stood in the middle of a soccer field in Flushing Meadows Park and proclaimed the New York Cosmos were back.

On that day, NYC Poland defeated NYC Jamaica in the then-COPA NYC final and BW Gottschee partnered with the Cosmos organization led by Paul Kemsley. The mission was on to get the legendary New York Cosmos back into the top level of the US Soccer ‘Pyramid’.

Fast forward to today and we are just under two weeks away from the start of the 2017 NASL season. Meanwhile, the league and Cosmos are coming off a near death experience this offseason. Continue reading

New York Cosmos welcomed to Coney Island by Brooklyn community

[Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Despair. Uncertainty. Questions. Grief. For a portion of the New York Cosmos offseason, this was what fans of the team experienced as it seemed likely the club would fold. Even after the takeover of the club by Rocco Commisso, the question remained about what the Cosmos would look like this season.

But, on Monday night, a community welcomed the club to its newest home as energy and excitement took over the night, highlighting a new day that lay ahead for the boys in green. Continue reading

New York Cosmos announce technical staff, Alberto Gallego signing

[L-R] Luis Gutierrez, Luke Sassano, Giovanni Savarese, Alberto Gallego, Guillermo Valencia, Jack Gaeta [Photo: New York Cosmos]

On Wednesday night, the Cosmos officially announced their technical staff moving forward in the 2017 NASL Season. Goalkeeper Coach Guillermo Valencia and Fitness Coach Luis Gutierrez have been signed to contract extensions. Furthermore, both Technical Director Luke Sassano and Director of Team Operations Jack Gaeta will return to the club. The most interesting piece, however, is an addition: Alberto Gallego, former General Manager and Sporting Director of Rayo OKC, will join the the club as “First Assistant Coach”. Continue reading

Commisso: “High probability that we’re going to play in the five boroughs”

Rocco Commisso [Photo: New York Cosmos]

There’s still work to be done, but Cosmos Chairman Rocco Commisso and Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese yesterday began to answer the questions of where the Cosmos look to play the 2017 season and who would suit up in the green and white. Continue reading

A club defined by starpower and spending sees a pragmatist take the reins

[L-R] Giovanni Savarese, Rocco Commisso, Erik Stover [Photo: New York Cosmos]

On a media call Tuesday morning, the New York Cosmos introduced Rocco B. Commisso as their new majority owner, keeping the team from fading off the field for a second time in their history and potentially ushering it into a different direction.

“We’ve found our savior,” shared Cosmos COO Erik Stover in a media call Tuesday morning. “A savior for this club and, I believe, a savior that has kept the North American Soccer League going.”

What were some of the words this savior dropped in yesterday’s call when discussing the future of this team?

“I don’t know.”

“Let’s take one step at a time.”

While underwhelming to some, those words were indicative of a view that has not always been associated with this club: pragmatism. And while it’s still too early to tell, this approach may have been what was sorely needed by an organization in a tailspin. Continue reading