Yasmani Duk goes to Saudi Arabia; may launch FIFA suit for unpaid Cosmos wages

Yasmani Duk [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Another former Cosmos has found a new team as Yasmani Duk will travel to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Ettifaq FC after spending the 2016 season on loan with New York. TICC spoke with with player’s agent, Rodrigo Osorio, discovering the deal had been approved and legal action might be taken against the Cosmos for unpaid wages.  Continue reading

Lucky Mkosana off to join defending Finland champions

Lucky Mkosana Signing Press Conference [Photo: Lucky Mkosana Instagram]

Another former Cosmos player found a new home as IFK Mariehamn announced the signing of fan favorite Lucky Mkosana. The Zimbabwean becomes the third player to find a new team as he joins his first professional club outside the United States after playing most recently for the Cosmos and Rowdies. 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

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

“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

Where do they stand now? 2016 NASL teams and their current positions

North_American_Soccer_League_(NASL).svgThe 2016 NASL season may have started with 11 teams and ended with 12 but it looks like 2017 will have nowhere near that number, if the season kicks off at all. Here’s a look at the most recent available status of every team that kicked a ball in 2016. Continue reading

Cosmos offseason circus continues, threatened with eviction from offices

550_rent_is_too_damn_highIt’s been a wild offseason filled with loss for the New York Cosmos and their fans. They’ve lost players, coaches and staff as the organization has held of the appearance of a club going under. In the process, they’ve also lost much of their reputation. And their prestige may not be done taking punches as they may now face eviction from their Long Island offices. Continue reading