After a tumultuous offseason that put the very existence of the NASL in question, silly season is finally upon us as the eight remaining active clubs begin the work of preparing their rosters for the 2017 season.
TICC spent some time tracking down as many of the roster changes across the league as we could find.
If we missed something, feel free to let us know.
Following the United States Soccer Federation’s decision last night to grant provisional Division II status to the NASL for the 2017 season, the New York Cosmos have announced their to return for the 2017 season. Continue reading
The 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
It’s been a wild offseason filled with loss for the New York Cosmos and their fans. They’ve lost players, coaches and staff as the organization has held of the appearance of a club going under. In the process, they’ve also lost much of their reputation. And their prestige may not be done taking punches as they may now face eviction from their Long Island offices. Continue reading
Today the Cosmos took another step backwards as front office members were contacted and informed over the phone that their services were no longer needed. Continue reading
The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon – where one happens upon some obscure piece of information, often an unfamiliar word or name, and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly.
That’s how I learned about the New York Cosmos, a team I would grow to love.
In this moment, there are no words that could be more fitting. Continue reading
We will cover this and more, but right now, we want to focus on another affected party, the Cosmos front office staff that have gone unpaid for multiple cycles. Continue reading
Since then, no answers have been forthcoming outside of minimal comments made by Seamus O’Brien. But, rumors and reports abound about the state of the club, massive debt, and players being shopped.
The only things that are known is that players have been released and staff have been furloughed.
As a result, the 5 Points have moved from requesting answers to demanding action, specifically the sale of shares belonging to Cosmos Chairman O’Brien and Vice-Chairman Jeremy Wilkens, and the reinstatement of all staff and players, along with payment of any debt owed to them. You can read the statement below.
For immediate release
NEW YORK COSMOS SUPPORTERS GROUP THE 5 POINTS DEMAND NEW YORK COSMOS BE SOLD
NEW YORK (December 5, 2016)- Over the course of the 2016 season the Cross Island Crew, La Banda Del Cosmos and the Borough Boys (Collectively known as the 5 Points), have continued to give their unwavering support to their soccer club, the New York Cosmos.
Today, the 5 Points demand that Seamus O’Brien and Jeremy Wilkins sell their controlling share in the New York Cosmos. We ask for this to happen immediately in an effort to save our 2017 season that would allow us not only to defend our 2016 NASL Championship but to also continue the legacy of the New York Cosmos for years to come. Their improper management has brought us to the brink of existence and the 5 Points asks for a resolution to this impasse immediately. Furthermore, we ask the current owners for the immediate reinstatement of all staff, players, and coaches as well as the payment of any debts owed to them.
Any questions can be directed to Christian Lucero or Cesar Trelles at email@example.com.
Disclaimer: Outside of social media accounts that bare our name and releases such as these, the 5 Points are not represented by any media outlets, podcasts, or blog sites that may reference our name or refer to us in any capacity. For further information on the 5 Points we can be followed on Instagram & Twitter @5_points_nyc or via the previously mentioned email.