NASL 2017: Quirks of the Schedule

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

We’re pleased to present an opinion piece from Chad Irvine, a writer and podcaster covering the Indy Eleven. Chad was kind enough to share his thoughts on the 2017 NASL schedule with us. 

The NASL schedule is still young, very young, but in the end it is final (with the exception of a Cosmos match that could be flexed for the USOC final). After all the drama that occurred during the offseason, and the league nearly collapsing, an eight team schedule was bound to have some quirks. When it was initially released on Monday, I immediately checked my team’s schedule and realized how odd it was. Looking then to the entire league overlook, I realized how unbalanced it really was. Continue reading

Speculation: A look at potential New York Cosmos player targets 2.0

Cosmos celebrate their title win in PKs [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

It’s been just over two weeks since our last speculation, but there has definitely been plenty of movement for both the Cosmos and other teams around the NASL. As it stands, the Cosmos have officially announced twelve signings, eleven of them returning Cosmos from last season’s NASL Championship squad, many of whom played a key role in the title run. Here’s what we’ve learned since last time:

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Opinion: GF Capital – Be realistic in what it means

logoLate last week, Big Apple Soccer reported that the New York Cosmos were in talks with GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC about a potential share in the club.

This brought a lot of excitement to Cosmos Country and even had some talking about the club taking the field in 2017.

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but while it is good news that there is activity on the ownership level, the club is still no closer to taking the field today compared to two weeks ago. Continue reading

Opinion: Wait it out, Cosmos Country

ShrugEmoticon-There is no denying that this week has been an emotional roller coaster. The amazing thing, its only Wednesday.

From the initial report of Cosmos in crisis by Empire of Soccer to today’s rumor of Carlos Slim being a potential buyer for the club, Cosmos fans do not know what to think.

My thought to Cosmos fans is to just sit back and wait out the storm. Do not let every tweet get your emotions up and down because 10 minutes later there will be a development. Continue reading

An Ode to Shuart Stadium

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Today, the New York Cosmos will play Rayo OKC in the NASL Championship Semi-Final at James M. Shuart Stadium. With rumors of a move to Brooklyn swirling since June and a possible final at Belson Stadium looming, there is a decent chance that this match will be the Cosmos’ last at Hofstra University. In this letter, Cosmos Country writer Steven Hamlin reflects on what the stadium meant to him. Continue reading

Opinion: At Belson, ‘Mos get home field advantage… and not much else

The Cosmos at Belson [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The Cosmos at Belson [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Tuesday, the New York Cosmos announced that if the club were to host the NASL Soccer Bowl, it would be held at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University. This sent NASL fans of all colors, not just green and white, into a frenzy, producing a #BiggerThanBelson response to the choice of a venue that seats a mere 2,168 people. Continue reading

The time for Seamus O’Brien to talk to Cosmos fans is now

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Photo: Steve Hamlin

Talk to fans of the New York Cosmos about the state of the team after 3 and a half years and, more often than not, you will hear a response that resembles: “On the field it’s been awesome but off the field it’s not.”

Actually, saying “off the field it’s not” is actually being kind as the actual language has been a lot more vulgar.

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The Other Dark Side of American Soccer Support: A Latino Responds

_DSC9791Reading the recent article in the New York Times Magazine “The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture”, I was intrigued by the answer Jay Caspian King found and the way he got there. While he cites recent examples of racism in English soccer, most of his evidence relies on the English soccer experience of the 90s that he tries to use to justify why Latinos are not more active in the American soccer scene today. I feel Mr. King has neglected a few key factors that would more adequately explain this.

I don’t pretend to speak for all Latinos. I can only share my experiences with American soccer and opinions shared with me by other Latinos. Both would probably provide more insight into the subject than Mr. King did, as they would involve the opinions and experiences of actual Latinos who the author attempts to speak for, without demonstrating evidence that he spoke to a single one. Continue reading