US Open Cup: NASL gets a first look at possible opponents

US Soccer announced the First Round matchups of the 2017 US Open Cup yesterday, the 104th edition of the tournament. While the opening round will take place on May 9th and 10th, the absence of a third division this year means the NASL and USL will both drop in on May 16th and 17th.

Another round would follow prior to any potential match-up with an MLS side.

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US Open Cup: Cosmos to face Clarkstown SC Eagles or Reading United AC in opener

We Want The Cup 5 Points Tifo [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

The first round pairings for the 2017 edition of the US Open Cup are complete. The Cosmos will face the winner of PDL side Reading United AC and NPSL’s Clarkstown SC Eagles. The potential venues were also revealed for the Cosmos’ Cup opener. Rocco B Commisso Stadium at Columbia would be the host if Clarkstown wins the matchup, and the Cosmos would go on the road if Reading gets the upper hand. Regardless of venue, the match will be played May 17. Clarkstown travels to face host Reading in Pennsylvania the week before, May 10.

Clarkstown SC Eagles

Clarkstown were the NPSL Northeastern Division champions in 2016. They would lose to eventual league champion AFC Cleveland in the semi-finals, 3-2. The Eagles will begin their 2017 campaign on May 13. Forward Ryan Morris was invited to play in the 2017 NPSL Showcase and defender Chris Riordan made the 2016 NPSL Best XI First Team last season.

Reading United AC

Reading reached the 2016 PDL Conference Finals after finishing at the top of their division with a 10-1-3 record. Midfielder Paul Marie made the Eastern Conference All-Conference team. Their 2017 season also begins May 13, and forward Hugo Delhommelle and defender Robert Sagul both were listed on the 2016 PDL Top Prospects List.

Looking Ahead

The Cosmos will be the clear favorite regardless of who wins the first round matchup. Having the Cosmos stay home and play on Rocco’s field would definitely be the preferred outcome. The potential third round pairings will be announced before the second round games are played, where the Cosmos are likely to be paired against a USL side for the first time in the club’s cup history.

NASL Recap: Road teams earn results in three of four games


Another week of NASL action in the books with all eight teams active for the first time this season. It was a good week to be a road team in three of the four matches played.  Continue reading

Match Recap: New York Cosmos earn first win of 2017, defeat Miami 2-0

The New York Cosmos were outshot heavily and saved by the upright on two occasions, but hung on to a 2-0 win in Miami, their first of the 2017 season.

Danny Szetela and Ayoze each scored a goal and Jimmy Maurer held Miami silent for his second shutout in three games.

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Match Preview: New York Cosmos seek revenge in Miami

The Cosmos have had an underwhelming two-game performance so far to kick off the 2017 season. A disappointing draw in Puerto Rico and a humbling home loss to Miami have set the tone to open up the season. In neither game was New York able to register a shot on goal and a series of defensive mistakes cost them dearly last weekend.

New York’s challenge will be to figure out their defensive issues and attacking options while traveling to face the side who issued them one of their worst home losses. Continue reading

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This Is Cosmos Country/Cosmos Country Podcast has made a determined effort to bring you coverage of your New York Cosmos over the past 2+ years. Since then, we have covered the team via written content, podcasts, and photography. The coverage has come with a significant financial cost and this Go Fund Me is an effort to recover some of the investment made into the site and pod. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 77 – No Goals ‘Til Brooklyn

After two weeks, we’re back, talking two rough matches for the Cosmos, the goods and bads of Brooklyn, and more!

Our special guest is Louie, working in San Francisco this week and Skyping the pod from his hotel room, proving that even being on opposite coasts can’t shut us up. Dress code? Pants optional.

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Brooklyn Blowout: New York Cosmos drop home opener to Miami FC

The 5 Points, Cosmos supporters [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

A great crowd, a buzz about the stadium, a pair of performances from reggaeton star Farruko…just about everything went the Cosmos’ way on Saturday night.

Except for the scoreline.

Miami FC thrashed the New York Cosmos 3-0 with goals from Dylan Mares and Stefano Pinho sandwiching an own goal from Ryan Richter. Continue reading

“I’m very, very happy to be back” – Ryan Richter talks off-season, turf, and 2017 expectations

Ryan Richter [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

“Ryan Richter is currently a right back for the New York Cosmos…or formerly a right back for the New York Cosmos…or who knows what’s going on with the Cosmos these days.”

The day is December 1st, and this is the introduction The Play Podcast host Bobby Warshaw gives the Cosmos right back. The episode is a beautiful analysis of a goal by Chelsea star winger Pedro, but a roughly two-minute conversation at the beginning of the recording serves as an indicator of the type of offseason the Philadelphia native was having. Continue reading