Spare squares: Erik Stover comments on presence of Nexxfield at MCU Park

Nexxfield being laid down in its previous home at Miller Stadium for Rayo OKC [Photo: Nexxfield]

With the New York Cosmos’ move from Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium, gone are the jokes of lacrosse lines and giant Hofstra lettering. Despite concerns of brown “infield” turf and the massive “Brooklyn Cyclones” logo in the outfield at MCU Park, the club will no longer contend with any of these distractions as they will use a turf system designed to present a soccer-only experience. Continue reading

Cosmos announce new home venue MCU Park, #CosmosToBK hashtag

After months of without sleep, the boys in green are coming to Brooklyn. On Thursday, the New York Cosmos announced that they would be playing at MCU Park in Brooklyn for the 2017 NASL Season. The move comes after an unceremonious end to a four year relationship with Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium in Hempstead. MCU is not new turf for the Cosmos, as they first hosted the Ottawa Fury on May 2, 2015 at the ballpark. The venue later played host to the 2015 NASL Championship Semi-Final, which saw Raul score the winning goal over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the 61st minute. Continue reading

Whether Belmont or Plan B, Cosmos need Brooklyn bandage now

13978100_10154515815916091_661616296_oMeet the Team Night is easily my favorite night of the year (barring a championship). It’s the one night of the season I take off my press hat and go meet the team as a fan. The Cosmos had a Soccer Olympics events going on for the kids. And while this year’s event fell on a hotter day, it was a beautiful, sunny day in Long Island for a soccer game.

And all of an announced 2,871 were there to see it, the second smallest home attendance the Cosmos have announced in NASL play. In fact, both of the lowest attendances they have announced have happened this season.

It’s definitely a point for debate, but I firmly believe Nassau County cannot sustain this team for much longer and the Cosmos must now head for the boroughs, specifically Brooklyn.

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