Why the US Open Cup means more to the NASL

posted on June 19th, 2014

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There is no doubt that the importance of the US Open Cup differs between leagues. For the most part, MLS teams see it as an annoyance that skews coaching plans during a treacherous season. It stretches the thin salary-capped rosters, making it difficult for some to field a representative team. Others simply don’t want to place their top team under stress for a trophy that doesn’t provide anything that can’t be won in the league. Read the rest of this entry »

US Open Cup: Cosmos Dismantle Red Bulls

posted on June 15th, 2014

The New York Derby, the Gotham Showdown, whatever you want to call it the truth is that it ended up being a one sided pounding. The New York Cosmos can officially crown themselves the kings of New York soccer after a 3-0 dismantling of the MLS side. Mike Petke tried his best to play down the fixture by tossing the pressure over to the Cosmos, especially since it sits as the team’s only way of making it into the CONCACAF Champions League. At worst, it provided more motivation to a Cosmos side that was already looking at the game for what it was. A battle for New York soccer supremacy. Read the rest of this entry »

US Open Cup Preview: It’s the Battle of New York

posted on June 14th, 2014

“For me a match like this if you don’t come to watch Red Bulls, New York Cosmos maybe you’re not a soccer fan,” said head coach Gio Savarese to the media prior to today’s US Open Cup fixture against the New York Red Bulls. That mindset will permeate through the fans who plan on attending and huddling around their computers to see New York’s two major teams play for the first time. It means much more than just a spot in then next round of the US Open Cup. In fact, the tournament itself is elevated simply by this game being played. Truthfully it’s about bragging rights and a chance for the New York Cosmos to prove that they are still the best soccer team New York has ever produced. Read the rest of this entry »

Cosmos Spring 2014 Season Review

posted on June 8th, 2014

The abbreviated Spring 2014 Season has come to an end for the New York Cosmos with a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Fury. Overall the second season for the legendary NASL franchise was tumultuous. Attendance fell and and the team’s form dipped just enough to see Minnesota eek out the Spring title by one point. Combined with the first major stories for NYCFC and the Cosmos found themselves facing real adversity. Luckily, the team and fans banded together and the final game saw attendance increase to over 6K. Read the rest of this entry »

Farewell Rio Ferdinand

posted on May 13th, 2014

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The title says it all. Rio Ferdinand will leave Manchester United after twelve years as the team has not offered him a new contract. The 35 year old had a tough season, falling out of favor with David Moyes and generally being unsatisfied with his place in the team. Over the years, Rio had become a constant fixture in the Red Devils’ back line along side Nemanjia Vidic and Patrice Evra. Both of them will also be parting ways with the team over the summer as well. What this signifies is the true changing of the guard for the twenty time English champions. Ferdinand celebrated six league titles, two English League Cups, one UEFA Champions League title and one FIFA Club World Cup trophy. Read the rest of this entry »

MLS 2014 Game 11 Review: What the Heck was That?!

posted on May 12th, 2014

What if I told you the Red Bulls would score four goals and still lose? Well, that’s what happened as the Chicago Fire won their first game of the season by putting up five goals against Luis Robles and a New York team that had done a good job of recently keeping the ball out of the net. A loss like this makes fans shake their heads but it should be something we’ve come to expect. The Red Bulls love to build up your dreams only to bring back a startling sense of reality. Eleven games into the season and the team is still very unclear as to who or what they will actually be. And with New York set to lose Tim Cahill and Roy Miller to World Cup duties, it’ll be essential for the Red Bulls to get a grip of how they will pull out key results before the midway point of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

NASL Spring 2014 Game 5 Preview: A True 6 Point Game

posted on May 9th, 2014

What is a six point game? It is defined by the Soccer gods as a game that could seismically shift the entire season for your team. Monday night’s game for the New York Cosmos is a classic example of this phenomenon. The NASL Spring 2014 season is a mere 9 games, intended on allowing teams to be off during the World Cup. Four games in and the New York Cosmos find themselves in their first real crisis, a test of faith if you will. After dominating the Atlanta Silverbacks to start the season and taking three points in Edmonton, the team hasn’t scored a goal. To make things more frustrating, they’ve dominated possession and had more shots on goal than their victorious opposition. What’s wrong? What needs to change? Can it be fixed in time for Monday’s game against league leading Minnesota United? Read the rest of this entry »

Yankee Stadium Isn’t a Bad Fit for Soccer

posted on May 9th, 2014

Yes the seating configuration is going to be weird and yes there will be some sight line issues if you’re sitting in the bleachers but overall, Yankee Stadium is not a terrible option for NYCFC. Of course, much like RFK, the team won’t want to be there longer than five years but the home of baseball’s most storied franchise is a state of the art sports complex with amenities that very few current Soccer Specific Stadiums can match. There will be those who bring up the baseball days of the Kansas City Wizards or even the troubles that the New York Cosmos had in the 70’s when playing in the old stadium but there is a significant difference between those situations. The Yankees are intrinsically involved and invested in the success of the team. Read the rest of this entry »

MLS 2014 Game 11 Preview: Chicago Fading Early

posted on May 8th, 2014

Let’s be honest. The Chicago Fire stink! Now that’s not meant to be a knock on the organization. The Fire have notoriously been one of the most consistent teams in the league. They haven’t always been winners but they usually aren’t painfully bad. Last season, they started terribly but managed to pull themselves within a game of a playoff spot. Unfortunately, their dream of being the MLS Cup Cinderella was squashed by New York on the last day of the season. More than likely, Chicago will end up being the worst team in the league. Eight games into the season and they have yet to win a game. They’ve been gritty, earning six draws but Mike Magee has only two goals. The service may not be there but Chicago will stand no chance of improving without their former league MVP putting goals in the back of the net. Read the rest of this entry »

MLS 2014 Game 10 Review: Escaping Dallas

posted on May 7th, 2014

New York Red Bull literally went to hell and back for three points in Dallas. The temperature was well over 90 degrees and the air was stiflingly thick. This made for one of the ugliest games of the season but one that may mark a significant turning point. New York has now taken ten points out of their last four games, propelling them to a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference. A little over two weeks ago, things seem far bleaker as the team had yet to win its first game. Now, not only has the team shown its ability to win in hostile conditions, but it has also found the goalscorer it has so desperately looked for. Read the rest of this entry »