Demba Ba throws hat in San Diego soccer ring with NASL announcement

Demba Ba speaks with Eric Wynalda at the NSCAA [Photo: SiriusXM FC]

In an offseason that saw the NASL decrease to eight teams, one of the long rumored favorites for league expansion may have seen it’s figurehead come to be. Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba now plys his trade in China for Shanghai Shenhua, but if he has his way, he may have a new role quite soon: NASL club owner. 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

Rumors, reports, and sources: a round-up of the second day

nasl-logo2After a whirlwind of information swirled around on Tuesday concerning the fates of the Cosmos and the NASL, information slowed down considerably, but did not drop off entirely on Wednesday. But very little revolved around the New York Cosmos. Continue reading

Rumors, reports, and sources: a Cosmos round-up for the day

New_York_Cosmos_2010.svgIt’s been an emotional day in Cosmos Country as the New York Cosmos have been reported dead, alive, and in limbo in the space of a few hours. Rumors and reports on the club’s future are bouncing around and we’ll try to sort out some of it here.  Continue reading

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 70 – Back to back champions and what lies beyond

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back talking the taking of yet another NASL title as the Cosmos beat Indy in penalties in the NASL Final.

We answer your questions, discuss your answers to our two questions this week, and diversify by chatting a little USMNT.

We also talk about our potential TICC-Mas hangout this offseason. Give a listen and get some details if you’d like to come.

It’s all here on TICCPod. 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

NASL Championship brackets now set as Rayo wins final playoff spot

233178_2016-10-30_12-33-39Rayo OKC won the final playoff spot on Saturday night, despite the fact that their last regular season match would not kick off until Sunday. Requiring a win and a Rayo loss, Minnesota United instead lost their final NASL match against the Cosmos, granting the expansion side a spot at Shuart Stadium for the postseason match next weekend.

They’ll join FC Edmonton on the road as the Eddies travel to Indy. One thing both road teams have in common? Though they’ve both played a pair of tightly contested road matches this year, neither of them have won a game this year at the venue they’re traveling to.

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“This is, I think, the beginning of a turning point” – Brian Andrés Helmick of San Francisco Deltas shares thoughts on the NASL

Brian Andres Helmick (L) with a supporter at a recent event [Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SF Gate]

Brian Andres Helmick (R) with a supporter at a recent event [Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SF Gate]

In an upcoming episode of TICCPod, San Francisco Deltas CEO Brian Andrés Helmick appeared on the show to share updates on the San Francisco Deltas and the state of the NASL.

With the recently announced departures of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury to the USL, the impending departure of Minnesota United to MLS, and the uncertain futures of Rayo OKC and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, these times have mostly been viewed as dark ones for America’s second division of soccer.

A refreshing and different point-of-view from the typical tone of conversation surrounding the league and its relationship with USL, MLS, and the USSF, Helmick believes change has begun that could lead to positive things down the road for the NASL. Continue reading