“It just worked out”: Eugene Starikov discusses Cosmos move, Gio’s system

Eugene Starikov [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

One of the more talked about and intriguing Cosmos signings of the offseason has to be Eugene Starikov. Following a standout campaign at Bradenton Academics, the Ukrainian-American spent the following ten years abroad, making stops at Zenit St. Petersburg and other clubs in the Ukraine and Russia. However, this past offseason was different. Starikov had subsequent trials with Minnesota and the Cosmos, landing a deal with the latter. So, what brought him here? Continue reading

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

New York Cosmos defeat Minnesota United, end regular-season with a win

JC Banks (L) and Jimmy Mulligan (R) [Photo: Minnesota United]

JC Banks (L) and Jimmy Mulligan [Photo: Minnesota United]

The New York Cosmos defeated Minnesota United 1-0, getting a goal from an unexpected contributor and a shutout from Jimmy Maurer. With the loss, Minnesota United’s time in the NASL comes to an end as they move on to MLS.  Continue reading

Field of potential Cosmos postseason opponents could be narrowed tonight

12970302_10154247167656091_1053037460_oWith the penultimate games of the NASL season being played this weekend, the list of clubs fighting to stay in postseason contention could narrow considerably tonight, and it all hinges on the results of a pair of games.

At time of writing, Minnesota United, Rayo OKC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Miami FC and the Carolina RailHawks are still alive and in contention for the final postseason spot. The reward for the winner? A postseason showdown with New York at Shuart Stadium. Continue reading

One semifinal match determined, the Cosmos await their opponents

North_American_Soccer_League_(NASL).svgWith the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven already determined as the hosts of the semifinal round of the NASL Championship, the league now waits to see who their opponents will be, although one match-up is certain. Continue reading

Breaking down the race for The Championship

Lucky vs the Rowdies. - Photo: Steve Hamlin

Lucky vs the Rowdies [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With just a handful of games left in the Fall Season, the temperatures are falling but the race for the postseason is heating up. Week 15 saw FC Edmonton lock up the third spot (behind Indy and the Cosmos) based on their positioning in the combined standings. Save a total collapse by our boys in green over their last three matches, New York should beat out the Eddies for the Fall Season and win the combined table, which would give the Cosmos the first seed in The Championship. With Indy Eleven locking up the second seed by winning the Spring, they would then match up with Edmonton, meaning the Cosmos opponent will be determined over the final sprint. Lets break down the possibilities.

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Cosmos defeat Minnesota United 1-0, stretch lead atop tables

Jimmy Maurer makes a grab (Photo: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Maurer makes a grab (Photo: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The Cosmos struck in the first half and then held off a dangerous United attack to win 1-0 and stay atop the fall and combined tables. A goal from David Diosa and a man of the match performance from Jimmy Maurer would be key to taking three points from the match.  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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