“I didn’t like the situation in Granada…here we are content and happy” – Javi Marquez on the Cosmos

Javi Marquez [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

It’s arguable that Javi Marquez had a slow start to the year and struggled to make an impact in his first appearances as a Cosmos. While he initially seemed to vanish at the start of the season, his weight has been felt in his last few matches, both in overall chemistry with his teammates and in the two goals he scored in his last three games.

The midfielder came to New York looking for a new start after spending his entire career in the Spanish system, becoming yet another former Liga player to join the NASL club alongside names like Marcos Senna, Raul and Ayoze.

And New York certainly seems to agree with him. Continue reading

Cosmos Notes: Valencia friendly in the works, Mancini departure imminent

Following an initial report from the11.ca, TICC can confirm that the Cosmos are in discussions to play a friendly with Valencia CF of La Liga at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Canada, the second year in a row they play a Liga side in a friendly and their third overall.

TICC has also learned that Cosmos midfielder Andrea Mancini will be departing the club shortly and looks to return to Europe. Continue reading

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