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: Jacksonville Armada

The Armada’s second NASL season arrived with much fanfare. Former US Men’s National Team keeper Tony Meola came in as head coach, and the roster featured many an impressive list of new and impressive talent, including Richie Ryan, Matt Fondy, Pekka Lagerblom, and Charles Eloundou. Seemingly, the Armada were set up for success following a dismal 2015.

This would not the case, as the Armada recorded an abysmal 1-4-5 record in the Spring Season. Tony Meola was canned after only nine months on the job, and captain Ritchie Ryan was transferred to Miami FC. Fellow promising newcomers Matt Fondy and Junior Sandoval did not pan out and were shipped off to new homes in the NASL. All in all, interim Head Coach Mark Lowry inherited a shipwreck coming in to the second half of the Armada’s sophomore season. 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

Rumors, reports, and sources: a round-up of the second day

nasl-logo2After a whirlwind of information swirled around on Tuesday concerning the fates of the Cosmos and the NASL, information slowed down considerably, but did not drop off entirely on Wednesday. But very little revolved around the New York Cosmos. Continue reading

New York Cosmos defeat Jacksonville Armada 4-2; claim NASL Fall and Combined titles

Yohandry Orozco [Photo: Jacksonville Armada]

Yohandry Orozco [Photo: Jacksonville Armada]

The New York Cosmos defeated the Jacksonville Armada 4-2 with a come from behind win that included two Juan Arango free kick goals.

Coupled with an FC Edmonton loss in Minnesota, the Cosmos also laid claim to the 2016 NASL Fall and Combined season titles, giving them the #1 seed and hosting rights to their playoff matches.

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Match Preview: Cosmos look to continue perfect record at home; Armada seek second straight win

12472302_10154255141391091_3332280780536064361_nThe last time the Cosmos hosted the Armada, they were fresh off their season opener win at home over the Ottawa Fury. The Armada, on the other hand, were just starting their season on the road at Shuart, a difficult ask of any team, but certainly quite a demand for team that had experienced significant turnover to their roster under a new coach.

The Armada now have a spring season under their belt, but they will still face a difficult test on Wednesday night, despite earning their second win of the season last weekend. Continue reading