TICCPod Ep 79 – Mother’s Day mayhem, Open Cup calamity, the questions return

It’s been a wild week for the Cosmos. A dive against Puerto Rico FC likely leads to a win. A match against a PDL side leads to a disastrous exit from the Open Cup. And the team is now off playing a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

Historically, the team’s exit from the Cup (usually in the Round of 16) has led to existential questions about the state of the team and the long-term. With the Cosmos crashing out immediately, the questions begin now.

We talk your thoughts on the state of the Cosmos and share ours. It’s only five months into new ownership and the need from the fans for answers has just begun.

We get some exclusive words with Giovanni Savarese, Jimmy Maurer and Eric Calvillo after the Reading surprise, discuss league and Open Cup results and much more on this edition of TICCPod. Continue reading

Cosmos win multi-goal Mothers’ Day match

[Photo: New York Cosmos]

The New York Cosmos found their first home victory of 2017 as several Cosmos also found their first goals of the season in the process of overturning a two goal deficit in the first half.

Delayed a full day by heavy rains and poor drainage at MCU Park, the wait seemed worth it as the club finally captured an elusive three points in Brooklyn.

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Match Recap: Cosmos edge out Deltas on the road

Tom Heinemann (l) and Dejan Jakovic go head to head (Photo: San Francisco Deltas)

The New York Cosmos hung on to win their road game in San Francisco 1-0, with a goal from Emmanuel Ledesma and a shutout from Jimmy Maurer. The goal leaves them a point behind the NASL lead as they enter Week 6.  Continue reading

“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