Spare squares: Erik Stover comments on presence of Nexxfield at MCU Park

Nexxfield being laid down in its previous home at Miller Stadium for Rayo OKC [Photo: Nexxfield]

With the New York Cosmos’ move from Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium, gone are the jokes of lacrosse lines and giant Hofstra lettering. Despite concerns of brown “infield” turf and the massive “Brooklyn Cyclones” logo in the outfield at MCU Park, the club will no longer contend with any of these distractions as they will use a turf system designed to present a soccer-only experience. 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

Cosmos Country Podcast Ep. 69 – Giggity – Another Final with Giovanni Savarese, the Cosmos, Tim Hankinson, and Jon Busch

12660394_10154115042861091_1746722863_nWe’re back talking a massive come from behind win over Rayo OKC and a showdown with the Indy Eleven this weekend for the NASL title.

We made the rounds this week interviewing Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese, team captain Carlos Mendes, goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, and midfielder Adam Moffat.

Then, we cross over to the Indy side of things, speaking with Head Coach Tim Hankinson and goalkeeper Jon Busch.

We take your questions, talk the other semifinal and some league news. It’s all here on TICCPod. Continue reading

Cardiac Cosmos defeat Rayo OKC 2-1 in the 90th; advance to host NASL Final

Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC

Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC

The New York Cosmos defeated Rayo OKC 2-1, coming back from a first half deficit to win the match and the right to host the NASL Final at Belson Stadium next week. Venezuelan power was in full effect as Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco got the goals to advance New York to the title match. 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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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