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

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

New York Cosmos defeat Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2-0, secure fourth straight postseason berth

Giovanni Savarese, Ayoze, and his family [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Giovanni Savarese, Ayoze, and his family [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-0, securing a postseason spot for the fourth straight season and tying the record for consecutive unbeaten matches at home with 18.

Left back Ayoze was celebrated before the evening kicked off as he reached 100 appearances for New York.

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“The league might actually step in and take over the team” – Pedro Heizer reports on the Strikers

fort_lauderdale_strikers_logo-svgWhat haven’t we seen from the Strikers this season? From reinvigorated ownership sending two teams to China to the sale of their best player to the Rowdies, to the pickup of Amauri, to a move to a new grounds, to a dismal attendance of 455 people, this club has been full of up and downs.

And, according to Pedro Heizer, more downs could be on the way.  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.

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Cosmos earn road point in scoreless draw with Strikers

Lucky Mkosana and Manny Gonzalez (Photo: Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)

Lucky Mkosana and Manny Gonzalez (Photo: Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)

The New York Cosmos extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a scoreless draw in Ft. Lauderdale. Looking like the better side and holding their own despite a pair of key injuries, they could not capitalize on their chances as Strikers keeper Bruno kept them out of the net. Continue reading

Indy edge out Cosmos, grab Spring Season title on final day

Indy fans invade the pitch (Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski/NASL)

Indy fans invade the pitch (Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski/NASL)

The Indy Eleven won the 2016 NASL Spring Season Saturday, defeating the Carolina RailHawks by a score of 4-1 Satuday at Michael M. Carrol Stadium. This result put Indy level on points, goal differential, and goals scored, but gave them the edge on head-to-head match ups. The heart wrenching 2-1 loss the Cosmos suffered in the Midwest in April proved to be the one that sealed their spring season fate as the title decision was forced to the third tie-breaker. Continue reading