US Open Cup: NASL gets a first look at possible opponents

US Soccer announced the First Round matchups of the 2017 US Open Cup yesterday, the 104th edition of the tournament. While the opening round will take place on May 9th and 10th, the absence of a third division this year means the NASL and USL will both drop in on May 16th and 17th.

Another round would follow prior to any potential match-up with an MLS side.

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2017 Preview: Indy Eleven

2016 Season Review

Last season began in disarray for Indy Eleven. With an astounding eighteen players on their way out the door, including Brazilian midfielder Kléberson, incoming Head Coach and former San Antonio Scorpions manager Tim Hankinson had his work cut out for him. With rumors of unrest in the locker room, players coming and going daily, and Hankinson publicly expressing his frustrations in preseason, many around the NASL expected a down year for the third-year club. Continue reading

NASL roster moves through January

After a tumultuous offseason that put the very existence of the NASL in question, silly season is finally upon us as the eight remaining active clubs begin the work of preparing their rosters for the 2017 season.

TICC spent some time tracking down as many of the roster changes across the league as we could find.

If we missed something, feel free to let us know.

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

Why Jon Busch? The answer to that penalty kick question

Jon Busch [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Jon Busch [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

It’s been a few days since the NASL Final and one question that has continued to pop up from fans who watched the game revolves around one defining moment in the match.

During penalty kicks, with them down 2-1, Indy Eleven goalkeeper Jon Busch unexpectedly stepped up to the spot for their third attempt. He would send his shot high. Already ahead in the count, the Cosmos would sink their next two and win it.

But, why even have him take it? While not unheard of, it’s a rarity to see a goalkeeper make the attempt, especially when already feeling the pressure of being behind in the count. Continue reading

New York Cosmos win third NASL title in four years; beat Indy in penalties

Cosmos celebrate their win in PKs [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Cosmos celebrate their win in PKs [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos claimed their third NASL title of the reboot Era and their eighth NASL title overall on Sunday night, playing a scoreless match through extra time. Penalties were required and the Cosmos prevailed 4-2.  Continue reading

Match Preview: New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven battle for the title of NASL champion

2016-11-12_14-44-11It’s all led to this.

The NASL Championship Final might not be contested in a venue befitting the crown jewel match of the American second division, but it will still be battled as if it were when the Indy Eleven arrive at Belson Stadium tomorrow.

With Indy getting the better of the Cosmos in the season series (2-0-1), the Cosmos will look to have the last laugh and the right to hoist the Soccer Bowl trophy.  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

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

NASL Championship brackets now set as Rayo wins final playoff spot

233178_2016-10-30_12-33-39Rayo OKC won the final playoff spot on Saturday night, despite the fact that their last regular season match would not kick off until Sunday. Requiring a win and a Rayo loss, Minnesota United instead lost their final NASL match against the Cosmos, granting the expansion side a spot at Shuart Stadium for the postseason match next weekend.

They’ll join FC Edmonton on the road as the Eddies travel to Indy. One thing both road teams have in common? Though they’ve both played a pair of tightly contested road matches this year, neither of them have won a game this year at the venue they’re traveling to.

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