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

Rumors, reports, and sources: a round-up of the second day

nasl-logo2After a whirlwind of information swirled around on Tuesday concerning the fates of the Cosmos and the NASL, information slowed down considerably, but did not drop off entirely on Wednesday. But very little revolved around the New York Cosmos. Continue reading

NASL names all 2016 award winners

nasl-logo2With only one match left to play, the NASL has named the winners of every award minus, of course, the Soccer Bowl itself. But all other awards for regular-season performances have been issued with the NASL Championship Finalists claiming three of them. Continue reading

Field of potential Cosmos postseason opponents could be narrowed tonight

12970302_10154247167656091_1053037460_oWith the penultimate games of the NASL season being played this weekend, the list of clubs fighting to stay in postseason contention could narrow considerably tonight, and it all hinges on the results of a pair of games.

At time of writing, Minnesota United, Rayo OKC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Miami FC and the Carolina RailHawks are still alive and in contention for the final postseason spot. The reward for the winner? A postseason showdown with New York at Shuart Stadium. Continue reading

One semifinal match determined, the Cosmos await their opponents

North_American_Soccer_League_(NASL).svgWith the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven already determined as the hosts of the semifinal round of the NASL Championship, the league now waits to see who their opponents will be, although one match-up is certain. Continue reading

Breaking down the race for The Championship

Lucky vs the Rowdies. - Photo: Steve Hamlin

Lucky vs the Rowdies [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With just a handful of games left in the Fall Season, the temperatures are falling but the race for the postseason is heating up. Week 15 saw FC Edmonton lock up the third spot (behind Indy and the Cosmos) based on their positioning in the combined standings. Save a total collapse by our boys in green over their last three matches, New York should beat out the Eddies for the Fall Season and win the combined table, which would give the Cosmos the first seed in The Championship. With Indy Eleven locking up the second seed by winning the Spring, they would then match up with Edmonton, meaning the Cosmos opponent will be determined over the final sprint. Lets break down the possibilities.

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Cosmos Country Episode 63 – ‘The Rumors and Club Statements Episode’

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back talking some mixed results for the Cosmos on the road: a loss in Indy and a win over the RailHawks. We follow that up with a look around the league’s results and news.

We also return to the subject of the league and 2017, compiling all the updates across the last week regarding the NASL and its clubs, including statements from several teams and an answer to the open letter sent to Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien by a founding member of the Borough Boys.

It’s all here on TICCPod.  Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Episode 60 – ‘The Freeman Out, DirecTV On Episode’ with Kyle Eliason of Fifty-Five One

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nAfter a week off, the guys are back to talk about all that’s new in Cosmos Country: Seven points in three games, One World Sports on DirecTV, and the loss of Hunter Freeman.

They also look around the NASL with rumors of a Strikers sale and an Ottawa departure as well as news of a turf war in OKC and some allegations in Edmonton.

Kyle Eliason from Fifty-Five One joins them to look ahead to Minnesota United as they preview an important match this weekend.

It’s all here on Cosmos Country Podcast! Continue reading

Cosmos deep-six RailHawks, move to first in the NASL table

Jairo Arrieta celebrates a strike (Photo: NY Cosmos)

Jairo Arrieta celebrates a strike (Photo: New York Cosmos)

Six goals, a pair of braces, and first place is what the Cosmos wound up with after coming back from an early deficit against the Carolina RailHawks to score six unanswered goals, set a new Cosmos record for goals in a Modern Era match, and take the top spot in the NASL table.  Continue reading