2017 Preview: New York Cosmos

2016 Season Review 

Fresh off a title in 2015, the New York Cosmos came out of Raul and Marcos Senna’s joint retirement poised for the same result. Boasting new signings such as former Tottenham star Niko Kranjcar, MLS standouts Michael Lahoud and Jairo Arrieta, and returning many key elements of the 2015 team, many believed the Cosmos had assembled their deepest and most talented squad in the modern era. In fact, many in Cosmos Country expected this to be the year the Cosmos advanced another round deeper into the U.S. Open Cup. Continue reading

Us Against the World: The Cosmos and the US Open Cup, Part 2

We Want The Cup 5 Points Tifo [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Following a successful inaugural season which saw the Cosmos win the NASL Fall Season and ensuing Soccer Bowl, plenty of intrigue and questions continued to surround the Cosmos and their future. The club looked to build on their successful first stint, but something else had come out involving the future of the club; they were staying in the NASL for the long run.

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Questions still surround the Cosmos’ back-line ahead of second preseason leg

David Ochieng at the team’s media practice [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Things seem to be coming together well for the Cosmos as the club prepares to head to Bermuda for the second leg of their preseason tour. In the first leg, the club won all three of their friendlies in the Dominican Republic but, more importantly, the team seemed to improve from match to match. As it stands, the Cosmos roster has twenty players under contract, but only two center backs.

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New York Cosmos welcomed to Coney Island by Brooklyn community

[Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Despair. Uncertainty. Questions. Grief. For a portion of the New York Cosmos offseason, this was what fans of the team experienced as it seemed likely the club would fold. Even after the takeover of the club by Rocco Commisso, the question remained about what the Cosmos would look like this season.

But, on Monday night, a community welcomed the club to its newest home as energy and excitement took over the night, highlighting a new day that lay ahead for the boys in green. Continue reading

Mix-ed Emotions: Could the former USMNT starlet rejuvenate his career with the New York Cosmos?

Mix Diskerud [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

As the month of January comes to a close, the Cosmos have taken large strides forward towards the 2017 season since Rocco B. Commisso took over the club on the 10th. The club has made 15 player signings, most of whom are familiar faces and key pieces who helped the Cosmos win back-to-back NASL Championships. The club also officially announced a move to MCU Park for the upcoming year. While all of the news has caused a sense of optimism about the club’s future, there are still some questions that will need to be answered before the ball first rolls in the Spring Season, especially due to the few attacking pieces that have signed with the team.

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NASL roster moves through January

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.

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

Cosmos offseason circus continues, threatened with eviction from offices

550_rent_is_too_damn_highIt’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

Cosmos staff reduced as furloughs become terminations

new_york_cosmos_2010-svgThe New York Cosmos have been on the ropes for weeks with reports surfacing of front office personnel being furloughed and players being released.

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