Spanish legend Raul reflects on time with Cosmos, new challenges with La Liga

La Liga rooftop event [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Sunday, the two titans of La Liga Santander, Real Madrid and Barcelona, squared off for another running of El Clasico, a match whose importance was amplified by its proximity to the end of the season, and the possibility of seeing the top spot change hands.

La Liga also hosted an event in Manhattan attended by members of the New York soccer community and former members of the two clubs playing. Of the latter, one of those in attendance was Raul, eterno capitán of Real Madrid and a member of the New York Cosmos in 2015.  Continue reading

MLS veteran Darrius Barnes adjusting well to life in New York

Darrius Barnes [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos, like many NASL clubs, have a history of signing players who have found success in Major League Soccer. In fact, the Cosmos back line, the unit that has most stayed intact since 2013, has seen the likes of Carlos Mendes and Hunter Freeman come from MLS and become stalwarts for the green and white. While this past offseason has changed a lot for the Cosmos, new signing Darrius Barnes has become a part of the continued Cosmos tradition of acquiring veteran MLS defenders. Continue reading

“I’m very, very happy to be back” – Ryan Richter talks off-season, turf, and 2017 expectations

Ryan Richter [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

“Ryan Richter is currently a right back for the New York Cosmos…or formerly a right back for the New York Cosmos…or who knows what’s going on with the Cosmos these days.”

The day is December 1st, and this is the introduction The Play Podcast host Bobby Warshaw gives the Cosmos right back. The episode is a beautiful analysis of a goal by Chelsea star winger Pedro, but a roughly two-minute conversation at the beginning of the recording serves as an indicator of the type of offseason the Philadelphia native was having. Continue reading

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.

It’s all here on TICCPod. 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