NASL 2017: Quirks of the Schedule

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

We’re pleased to present an opinion piece from Chad Irvine, a writer and podcaster covering the Indy Eleven. Chad was kind enough to share his thoughts on the 2017 NASL schedule with us. 

The NASL schedule is still young, very young, but in the end it is final (with the exception of a Cosmos match that could be flexed for the USOC final). After all the drama that occurred during the offseason, and the league nearly collapsing, an eight team schedule was bound to have some quirks. When it was initially released on Monday, I immediately checked my team’s schedule and realized how odd it was. Looking then to the entire league overlook, I realized how unbalanced it really was. Continue reading

Mix-ed Emotions: Could the former USMNT starlet rejuvenate his career with the New York Cosmos?

Mix Diskerud [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

As the month of January comes to a close, the Cosmos have taken large strides forward towards the 2017 season since Rocco B. Commisso took over the club on the 10th. The club has made 15 player signings, most of whom are familiar faces and key pieces who helped the Cosmos win back-to-back NASL Championships. The club also officially announced a move to MCU Park for the upcoming year. While all of the news has caused a sense of optimism about the club’s future, there are still some questions that will need to be answered before the ball first rolls in the Spring Season, especially due to the few attacking pieces that have signed with the team.

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Opinion: GF Capital – Be realistic in what it means

logoLate last week, Big Apple Soccer reported that the New York Cosmos were in talks with GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC about a potential share in the club.

This brought a lot of excitement to Cosmos Country and even had some talking about the club taking the field in 2017.

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but while it is good news that there is activity on the ownership level, the club is still no closer to taking the field today compared to two weeks ago. Continue reading

Opinion: Wait it out, Cosmos Country

ShrugEmoticon-There is no denying that this week has been an emotional roller coaster. The amazing thing, its only Wednesday.

From the initial report of Cosmos in crisis by Empire of Soccer to today’s rumor of Carlos Slim being a potential buyer for the club, Cosmos fans do not know what to think.

My thought to Cosmos fans is to just sit back and wait out the storm. Do not let every tweet get your emotions up and down because 10 minutes later there will be a development. Continue reading

A championship won, it’s answers time for the New York Cosmos

This is done...let's get some answers [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

This is done…let’s get some answers [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

“Right now we are focused on winning another Championship.”

Above is the phrase Cosmos fans and media heard whenever they queried the New York Cosmos on the turmoil surrounding the NASL and the off the field struggles of the club.

This, of course, is the correct stance to take as winning hardware should be the priority. However, now that the Cosmos are 2016 NASL Champions, there is little time to celebrate as many fans are very concerned about what lies ahead. Continue reading

An Ode to Shuart Stadium

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Today, the New York Cosmos will play Rayo OKC in the NASL Championship Semi-Final at James M. Shuart Stadium. With rumors of a move to Brooklyn swirling since June and a possible final at Belson Stadium looming, there is a decent chance that this match will be the Cosmos’ last at Hofstra University. In this letter, Cosmos Country writer Steven Hamlin reflects on what the stadium meant to him. Continue reading

Opinion: At Belson, ‘Mos get home field advantage… and not much else

The Cosmos at Belson [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos at Belson [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Tuesday, the New York Cosmos announced that if the club were to host the NASL Soccer Bowl, it would be held at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University. This sent NASL fans of all colors, not just green and white, into a frenzy, producing a #BiggerThanBelson response to the choice of a venue that seats a mere 2,168 people. Continue reading

What a Cosmos future without the NASL could look like: The international options

Estadio Azteca [Photo: starmedia]

Estadio Azteca [Photo: starmedia]

With questions around the state of the league for the short and long-term, Jordan Jacobsen took a look at alternative domestic leagues for the New York Cosmos in Part One of his two-part series. Now, he explores what options might exist for the Cosmos outside the United States.

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