Carlos Mendes on the club’s performance, his return to play

[l-r] Carlos Mendes and Kalif Alhassan [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Carlos Mendes recently made his return to the field, subbing on during the Cosmos’ 1-1 draw in Jacksonville last weekend. Absent after the season opener in Puerto Rico, the captain put in over a half hour of play on the road.

TICC caught up with the captain to ask him his thoughts on the season so far and his recovery. Continue reading

Cosmos injury update: Diosa out 4-5 weeks, Amauri dealing with “personal issues”, more

David Diosa applauded by his teammates [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Injuries have been an unfortunate reality for the Cosmos early on in their 2017 campaign. With a small preseason giving many new additions a shorter turnaround time to get fit, Giovanni Savarese has been forced to constantly tinker with his lineup to make the best XI possible out of the pieces he has. While injuries force many players to sporadically appear on the field and in training, one familiar face could not be found so far in 2017: David Diosa. This changed on Wednesday. Continue reading

Players and history: Why Giovanni Savarese stayed with the New York Cosmos

Giovanni Savarese [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

“Savarese, que lo hizo usted aguantarse o esperar cuando se hizo el anuncio de que los Cosmos ya no iba existir?”

The question hangs out there for Giovanni Savarese, head coach of the New York Cosmos, to answer. Posed by a Latino journalist at Media Day, it’s one that has weighed on the minds of many that follow this team. In a moment where every player had been released, where nearly every staffer had been terminated and while owed money, where the team was on the verge of being sold to an unknown party who would effectively end the Cosmos for the second time around, why did Savarese stay? What made him withstand everything, wait when the announcement was made that the club would no longer exist?

For anyone who’s followed Gio’s career as a coach closely, the answer should come as no surprise.

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Return of the Captain: Carlos Mendes returns to the New York Cosmos

(L-R) Giovanni Savarese, Carlos Mendes, Erik Stover [Photo: New York Cosmos]

In 2012, Carlos Mendes became the first signing of the modern era New York Cosmos. In 2017, he’s become their first re-signing of the old guard. Following a dark moment in the club’s history, the team can look forward to familiar leadership with the return of their captain.  Continue reading

NASL release 2016 Best XI, three Cosmos make the list

cw_fxliuoaavrwkThe NASL released their 2016 Best XI list on Friday, naming the players they felt exemplified play at their respective positions. In 2015, the Cosmos landed a single player on the list in Carlos Mendes. This year, the club claimed the most spots of any team in the league. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 69 – Giggity – Another Final with Giovanni Savarese, the Cosmos, Tim Hankinson, and Jon Busch

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back talking a massive come from behind win over Rayo OKC and a showdown with the Indy Eleven this weekend for the NASL title.

We made the rounds this week interviewing Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese, team captain Carlos Mendes, goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, and midfielder Adam Moffat.

Then, we cross over to the Indy side of things, speaking with Head Coach Tim Hankinson and goalkeeper Jon Busch.

We take your questions, talk the other semifinal and some league news. It’s all here on TICCPod. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 68 – ‘This Episode is #BiggerThanBelson’ with Giovanni Savarese & the Cosmos

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back, talking a win over Minnesota United, some news about a bite-sized potential NASL Final venue and your reactions to that and rumors about Gio Savarese.

Speaking of Gio, we speak with him, Carlos Mendes, Jimmy Maurer, Adam Moffat, and Eric Calvillo about their win and the road ahead.

We take your questions and look ahead to a tough battle with Rayo OKC.

It’s all here on TICCPod. Continue reading

Cosmos Training Notebook: Oguchi Onyewu, NASL Trophy, Hunter Freeman, and more

NASL Fall Trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

NASL Fall Trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Thursday, the New York Cosmos were presented with their Fall Season Champions Trophy by NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. Peterson mentioned how it seems that “I have more photos next to Carlos than my wife”, and continued on to compliment the Cosmos on their consistency and professionalism. Continue reading

Despite recent injuries, Cosmos optimistic to be near full-strength by weekend

Optimistic: Cosmos hope both Lucky Mkosana and Carlos Mendes are available this weekend [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Optimistic: Cosmos hope both Lucky Mkosana and Carlos Mendes are available this weekend [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos have experienced a late rash of injuries as they approach the season’s end, but hope to overcome most of them before their final home match this Saturday as a determined Miami FC fights for a spot in the postseason. Continue reading

Cosmos confirm Guenzatti out for season, Mendes injury less serious

Sebastian Guenzatti [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Sebastian Guenzatti [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With Seba Guenzatti recently sharing that he suffered a ruptured ACL during the Ottawa Fury match, it seemed all but certain that the midfielder would be out for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Now, it’s official.  Continue reading