“Why not be seen on the national team?” Savarese, teammates praise “outstanding” Maurer

Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

When one talks about the Cosmos start to the 2017 season, many things can be discussed: match fitness, trying to find an offensive spark, or the three goal debacle to open their stay at MCU Park. However, of all the factors at play thus far for the green and white, one has certainly risen (literally and figuratively) above all others: the play of veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. Continue reading

NASL Recap: Road teams earn results in three of four games

Another week of NASL action in the books with all eight teams active for the first time this season. It was a good week to be a road team in three of the four matches played.  Continue reading

Match Recap: New York Cosmos earn first win of 2017, defeat Miami 2-0

The New York Cosmos were outshot heavily and saved by the upright on two occasions, but hung on to a 2-0 win in Miami, their first of the 2017 season.

Danny Szetela and Ayoze each scored a goal and Jimmy Maurer held Miami silent for his second shutout in three games.

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NASL Recap: A night of draws opens up the Spring Season

Only four goals were scored in the opening week of the NASL as all three matches ended in draws. Two teams, including last year’s champion, failed to find the net in their season openers, while FC Edmonton and the Jacksonville Armada sat out the opening round of NASL action. Continue reading

Good things come in threes: Maurer, Holt, and Velela re-sign with New York Cosmos

Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Following one of the more interesting series of tweets in recent Cosmos social media history, another fan-favorite will be donning green and white once again. However, he won’t be alone. On Friday, the Cosmos announced that goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer would be returning for the 2017 NASL season, along with fellow net minder Brian Holt and U.S. Youth National Team defender Alexis Velela. Continue reading

Released from the club, Cosmos players say their farewells

new_york_cosmos_2010-svgEmpire of Soccer broke the story yesterday that New York Cosmos players had been released by the team with all contracts being terminated.

But the clues have been there for some time. One player posting a sad video of him packing up many suitcases for the trip home and calling it a move. Another tagged on a social media post about a last time in Long Island.

And now, the player farewells are beginning.  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

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

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 68 – ‘This Episode is #BiggerThanBelson’ with Giovanni Savarese & the Cosmos

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back, talking a win over Minnesota United, some news about a bite-sized potential NASL Final venue and your reactions to that and rumors about Gio Savarese.

Speaking of Gio, we speak with him, Carlos Mendes, Jimmy Maurer, Adam Moffat, and Eric Calvillo about their win and the road ahead.

We take your questions and look ahead to a tough battle with Rayo OKC.

It’s all here on TICCPod. Continue reading