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

After night to forget in ’15, one to remember in Open Cup and Canadian Championship action

12970302_10154247167656091_1053037460_oAside from the Cosmos shutout of PDL side Jersey Express on Wednesday night, the league should be pleased by strong Third Round performances in the US Open Cup and Amway Canadian Championship.

After a night to forget in last year’s Open Cup with only the Cosmos and Silverbacks advancing and the rest of the league going 0-7 against USL opposition, the league saw all but the two expansion sides move on to the fourth round going 6-2 against the USL this year.

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Match Recap: Cosmos repeat shutout performance with Armada

12980670_10154262072091091_697126754_oThe Cosmos followed up a shutout over Ottawa with another over Jacksonville, posting a 2-0 win. After a hand in creating two goals last week, Jairo Arrieta opened his account while Adam Moffat entered as a second-half sub and found a goal for the second consecutive week. Continue reading

Carlos Mendes thoughts on the Armada and the backline

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Carlos Mendes (Photo: Steve Hamlin for TICC)

With the Jacksonville match today, we caught up with Carlos Mendes recently to ask him his thoughts on a new-look Armada, struggles with them in the past, and his thoughts on Jimmy Ockford and David Ochieng on the back line.

Listen below.

 

      Carols Mendes April 8th 2016 - Cosmos Country Podcast

Match Preview: Refitted Armada Take Offensive to New York

12472302_10154255141391091_3332280780536064361_nThe Jacksonville Armada entered the league last year, and their final results indicated what you might expect from an expansion side.

After a surprise 3-3-4 run in the spring had them in 6th place, a 5-4-11 fall performance brought them crashing back to earth and last place as they tied for least points, least goals scored, and worst goal differential in the league. Issues abounded. An inability to win on the road, logging only three points outside of Jacksonville all year. The top two leading players in yellow cards, the leading player in reds. Three head coaches across 2015, one who received an extension through 2019, then was fired less than three months later.

But the 2016 Armada are ready to go. Continue reading