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

Ayoze [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Ayoze [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Over the course of the fall season, there has been no shortage of controversy in the North American Soccer League.

Multiple reports of Fort Lauderdale unable to pay players on time, followed by new reports of ownership looking to sell the team, a continuous flow of soap opera drama involving Rayo OKC, and most recently a scare that Ottawa Fury was looking to join USL, save an announcement on the new Canadian Premier League (rumored to be starting in 2018), along with Tampa Bay. Minnesota is making the jump to Major League Soccer, and expansion beyond San Francisco Deltas remains a mystery. At the same time, the Deltas told The Telegraph that they still back the league with firm confidence, and Commissioner Bill Peterson mentioned being in talks with with four potential ownership groups based in the US and the Middle East.

With the league being surrounded by uncertainty, and news about the future causing severe whiplash depending on what day of the week it is, one has to wonder what the future would look like for our boys in green if the NASL were to cease operation.

When considering potential options, three things were considered. How would this move affect the club long term? How would it affect the potential stadium? And how would it affect the Cosmos ability to become the best American soccer club?

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