Spare squares: Erik Stover comments on presence of Nexxfield at MCU Park

Nexxfield being laid down in its previous home at Miller Stadium for Rayo OKC [Photo: Nexxfield]

With the New York Cosmos’ move from Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium, gone are the jokes of lacrosse lines and giant Hofstra lettering. Despite concerns of brown “infield” turf and the massive “Brooklyn Cyclones” logo in the outfield at MCU Park, the club will no longer contend with any of these distractions as they will use a turf system designed to present a soccer-only experience. Continue reading

A club defined by starpower and spending sees a pragmatist take the reins

[L-R] Giovanni Savarese, Rocco Commisso, Erik Stover [Photo: New York Cosmos]

On a media call Tuesday morning, the New York Cosmos introduced Rocco B. Commisso as their new majority owner, keeping the team from fading off the field for a second time in their history and potentially ushering it into a different direction.

“We’ve found our savior,” shared Cosmos COO Erik Stover in a media call Tuesday morning. “A savior for this club and, I believe, a savior that has kept the North American Soccer League going.”

What were some of the words this savior dropped in yesterday’s call when discussing the future of this team?

“I don’t know.”

“Let’s take one step at a time.”

While underwhelming to some, those words were indicative of a view that has not always been associated with this club: pragmatism. And while it’s still too early to tell, this approach may have been what was sorely needed by an organization in a tailspin. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Ep. 67 – The Departure Day Episode with Brian Andrés Helmick (SF Deltas) and Erik Stover (NY Cosmos)

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back, talking the passing of a legend in Carlos Alberto, another win over Miami FC, and a season finale against Minnesota United.

We also talk about the events of the day for the NASL, which includes the loss of a pair of clubs to the USL: the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Ottawa Fury.

We’re joined by New York Cosmos COO Erik Stover, who shares what answers he can provide about the Cosmos, and San Francisco Deltas CEO Brian Andres Helmick, who gives us an updates about the NASL’s newest club, his thoughts on the NASL, and anecdotes that include the signing of Marc Dos Santos and how James Rodriguez played a role in making him decide to build the club.

It’s all here on TICCPod.  Continue reading

Cosmos COO Erik Stover: Niko Kranjčar unlikely to return for fall; Cosmos roster and friendly news

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Niko Kranjčar (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

On Monday, the BBC was told by Niko Kranjčar’s lawyer that the Croatian will undergo a medical with Rangers FC as he seeks to return to European first-division soccer.

That evening, Cosmos COO Erik Stover confirmed to Cosmos Country Podcast that the international midfielder will most likely not return for the fall.  Continue reading

Labor, citizens, Cosmos fans rally for the stadium at Belmont

“WHAT DO WE WANT?” “THE STADIUM!” “WHEN DO WE WANT IT?” “NOW!”

The cry rang out early and often across the course of the Cosmos stadium rally as labor workers, local citizens, and fans of the club net at the proposed stadium site in Elmont. Between 150 and 200 people were in attendance as all parties demanded action from Albany in contrast to the opposition protest about a week before that numbered about a dozen in attendance. Continue reading