Juan Guerra: “When the Cosmos called, I didn’t think twice about it”

Juan Guerra and family [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Juan Guerra has only been with the New York Cosmos for the last two months, though he has been a part of a fierce rivalry with them, spending the last two years with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

However, In the short time that Juan Guerra has been with the Cosmos, he has fully embraced the club and its supporters, even making an appearance at the recent 5 Points fundraiser.

It would seem that, unsurprisingly to some, a big reason for this is none other than fellow Venezuelan Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. And this is hardly the first time the coach has convinced Guerra to make the trip to Brooklyn.

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New York Cosmos welcomed to Coney Island by Brooklyn community

[Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Despair. Uncertainty. Questions. Grief. For a portion of the New York Cosmos offseason, this was what fans of the team experienced as it seemed likely the club would fold. Even after the takeover of the club by Rocco Commisso, the question remained about what the Cosmos would look like this season.

But, on Monday night, a community welcomed the club to its newest home as energy and excitement took over the night, highlighting a new day that lay ahead for the boys in green. Continue reading

Commisso: “High probability that we’re going to play in the five boroughs”

Rocco Commisso [Photo: New York Cosmos]

There’s still work to be done, but Cosmos Chairman Rocco Commisso and Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese yesterday began to answer the questions of where the Cosmos look to play the 2017 season and who would suit up in the green and white. 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

Official: Rocco Commisso takes reins of Cosmos ownership

After weeks of rumors, the release of players and staff, and questions on the future of the club, the Cosmos have confirmed new ownership. Chairman and CEO of Mediacom Communications Corporation Rocco B. Commisso has now taken over as Chairman and majority owner of the club. Continue reading

Yohandry Orozco: “I’ll decide if my future is here in the United States or elsewhere”

Yohandry Orozco [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Yohandry Orozco [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Yet another piece of the Cosmos starting XI from the Final may be debating his future with New York.

Yohandry Orozco recently gave an interview detailing his struggles in joining the club, getting acclimated to New York and what might lay ahead for the winger. Continue reading

“The Final was the example of the year that we have had” – Savarese on 2016

Giovanni Savarese after the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Giovanni Savarese after the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

There’s no question that the Cosmos have been considered the flagship franchise of the NASL for some time. And it’s not a sentiment voiced exclusively by Cosmos fans as fans of other clubs around the league have often expressed the same opinion.

However, despite the shine of their storied past decades ago, three titles in the last four years, and signings that have included Raul and Marcos Senna, things have not come easy for the club with hiccups along the way.

This year, some of those distractions were evident on the field as well, but the Cosmos still found a way to stay focused on their quest for another title.  Continue reading

“It’s a successful story”: The Danny Szetela story, Part 2

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Danny Szetela [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

In Part 1 of The Danny Szetela story, Steve Hamlin covered Danny’s time with the US youth national teams and his time overseas. You can read it here

Danny Szetela’s time in the nation’s capital didn’t go exactly as planned. Continue reading

NASL title on the line, two coaches discuss their mutual respect

(L-R) Giovanni Savarese and Tim Hankinson

(L-R) Giovanni Savarese and Tim Hankinson

With the NASL title game fast approaching this weekend, the NASL held a press conference call on Wednesday afternoon, bringing together players and coaches from the two teams that will battle for the right to hoist the Soccer Bowl.

And while it may be the first time the two coaches will directly compete with each other in a match with hardware implications, this season has hardly been the first time Giovanni Savarese and Tim Hankinson have crossed paths. Continue reading

Giovanni Savarese talks NASL Final, Duk availability

Giovanni Savarese [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Giovanni Savarese [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The NASL Final, the pinnacle of the second division’s season, will take place this weekend at Belson Stadium in Queens, when the New York Cosmos play host to the Indy Eleven.

TICCPod recently had the chance to talk with Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese to discuss the club’s approach to the title match and the possible loss of one of their strikers to international duty. Continue reading