2016 Season Review
Miami’s inaugural season was a tale of two halves. Coming into 2016 the hype train was running at full speed with Miami building their team around internationally experienced talents Matuzalem, Wilson Palacios, and Dario Cvitanich. Play on the field would dictate differently however, as Miami would take dead last in their inaugural season.
2016 Season Review
“How ’bout them Carolina RailHawks?!” The last year of the RailHawk was full of ups and downs for the new look North Carolina FC. After staying local for the preseason and playing mostly neighboring universities and USL sides (along with Toluca of Liga MX), Carolina started the 2016 Spring by winning their first four league contests. The club’s first loss would come on their visit to Hofstra in a match that would end with the Cosmos in front, 1-0. The RailHawks would not win again and spiral down the standings over the last five weeks, finishing the Spring in seventh place.
[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
Dejan Jakovic [Photo: Getty Images]
On Wednesday, the Cosmos made huge strides in addressing a few nagging depth questions ahead of the 2017 season. The club announcing the signing of Canadian center back Dejan Jaković, who spent the last three years at Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse. The club also announced the signing of trialist Emmanuel Ledesma, who last played for Panetolikos FC in Greece. Continue reading
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
The Armada’s second NASL season arrived with much fanfare. Former US Men’s National Team keeper Tony Meola came in as head coach, and the roster featured many an impressive list of new and impressive talent, including Richie Ryan, Matt Fondy, Pekka Lagerblom, and Charles Eloundou. Seemingly, the Armada were set up for success following a dismal 2015.
This would not the case, as the Armada recorded an abysmal 1-4-5 record in the Spring Season. Tony Meola was canned after only nine months on the job, and captain Ritchie Ryan was transferred to Miami FC. Fellow promising newcomers Matt Fondy and Junior Sandoval did not pan out and were shipped off to new homes in the NASL. All in all, interim Head Coach Mark Lowry inherited a shipwreck coming in to the second half of the Armada’s sophomore season. Continue reading
2016 Season Review
Puerto Rico FC entered their debut season with high expectations. Continue reading
Kevin Anderson [Photo: New York Cosmos]
Following the news of the team’s revival and their first announced roster acquisition in Bermudian winger Oneko Lowe, New York Cosmos B now has a new leader at the helm of the ship. Hours before media day on Tuesday, the Cosmos announced that Kevin Anderson would become the new head coach of the club’s reserve side. The former MLS midfielder becomes the third coach of the B team in three seasons and comes from Columbia University, where he held the same role. Continue reading
2016 Season Review
While the Deltas didn’t play in the NASL 2016 season, their presence and influence was vital to the return of the NASL for a new year. Thanks to club owner Brian Helmick and his Silicon Valley connections, owners and teams around the NASL were able to get on the same page and move forward with promise following a tumultuous off-season. Since their announcement, Deltas have spent time trying to establish a foothold to build on and securing a fan base for the upcoming season.
The team has been vocal about their plan to work openly and honestly with its fanbase, as well as with other teams around the country, regardless of their league. A great example of this can be noted with the club’s first ever open tryout. Not only did they make the cost of it very feasible for the individuals who participated, they also invited other pro teams in the area to come and scout players as well, at no cost to the clubs.
Rocco Commisso [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
He may be the newest team owner in the NASL, but he’s one of the most opinionated on the most polarizing issue in American soccer.
At Cosmos Media Day, Rocco Commisso touched on the state of soccer in the United States, openly expressing his thoughts that the United States had peaked in soccer in 1930 and the setup for today’s game kept lower league title winners from being rewarded. It also prevented teams from spending money on building their rosters when moving to MLS. Continue reading