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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Sebastian Guenzatti: “I’m here today and want to come back more than ever”

Sebastian Guenzatti and partner [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Sebastian Guenzatti’s future was put into question in an otherwise unremarkable game in Ottawa early last October. In the midst of a 1-1 draw, the Uruguayan went to ground after a collision, writhing in pain. The revelation of a ruptured ACL officially ended his season, leaving him looking at a 2017 return at the earliest.

But whereas the midfielder suffered a season-ending injury, the club would soon undergo a near-death experience where many things fell into question, including what lay ahead for Seba. Continue reading

5 Points present Sebastian Guenzatti with Player of the Year award at fundraiser

Sebastian Guenzatti [Photo: Eytan Calderon\TICC]

The 5 Points fundraiser on Saturday night was a massive success, bringing together fans and supporters of the New York Cosmos and honoring former player Sebastian Guenzatti with an award as the winger and current players Danny Szetela and Juan Guerra were all in attendance. Continue reading

Flores, Herrera ready to bring El Salvador partnership to the New York Cosmos

[L-R] Andres Flores, Richard Menjivar, Irvin Herrera [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos have been busy this offseason, rebuilding a team that was released near the end of December. During the rebuild, they recovered Andres Flores and wound up signing two of his teammates from his national team: Irvin Herrera and Richard Menjivar. Together, the three look to add an El Salvadorian flavor to the 2017 New York Cosmos. Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 74 – Snowed in: A chat with New York Cosmos Chairman Rocco Commisso

We’re back with a special treat, an exclusive audio interview with New York Cosmos majority owner Rocco B. Commisso. He offers some updates on what fans can expect from the club and from him and shares what he feels his obligations are in a battle with Nick for the best New York accent.

As usual, we’re here talking about all the new revolving around the club and the league, including returning players and a new home and read off your thoughts on a crazy schedule and questions about the Cosmos, the league, and more.

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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

“I’m always up for a new challenge” – Danny Szetela talks San Francisco Deltas, New York Cosmos

Sebastian Guenzatti and Danny Szetela (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

Midfielder Danny Szetela was recently announced as a signing by the San Francisco Deltas, becoming only the second player from the 2016 New York Cosmos side to find a new home after Jairo Arrieta returned to play in Costa Rica. TICC recently got a chance to talk with the fan favorite, discussing the Deltas, Head Coach Marc Dos Santos and his time with the New York Cosmos. Continue reading

“That is just not an option for us” – Cosmos chairman Seamus O’Brien on NASL, USL prospects

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Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien

The silence has finally ended.

For months, the New York Cosmos deflected any questions outside the realm of what was happening on the playing field with replies of “We’re focused on winning a championship.”

November came and went, another trophy was won, and still the silence continued. And yet, the news still managed to find ways to reach the fans. Players and coaches were released, staff were terminated. Reports of massive debt. This morning, the Cosmos are due to appear in court where their landlord will attempt to recover over $50K in back rent and evict them.

The silence finally came to an end yesterday. And it essentially confirmed what many had figured out. The Cosmos will not field a team in 2017. Continue reading

“They should have joined MLS from the start” – Ayoze shares his take on the Cosmos situation

Ayoze: what comes next? [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Ayoze: what comes next? [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos find themselves dangerously close to fading back into the state they existed as for nearly thirty years: a memory. Answers are not forthcoming from the club. Players have been released with no statement. Staffers have been terminated again with no statement. Rumors of the current ownership seeking new owners or investors persist. Again, no statements.

With no answers coming from the club, some thoughts on how the Cosmo have been run has come from Ayoze, a staple of the team and a member of the 2016 NASL Starting XI. His recent interview with Marca painted an unflattering image of how things were being run. Continue reading