Category: New York Cosmos

Interview with Ian Plenderleith, author of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the NASL’

In September 2014, Ian Plenderleith’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League hit bookshelves around the world. Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer is a portrait of the original North American Soccer League and the salad days of the professional game in the US and Canada. Throughout the book, Plenderleith recounts the tales of a league that few today will remember; and in some cases, ever have watched. From the ill-fated Team America in Washington DC to Eusebio’s four team NASL sojourn, Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer is an extensive look at the fly-by-night league. ... Read more

New York Cosmos face Atlanta Silverbacks in NASL top of the table weekend clash

While Real Madrid and Schalke legend Raul’s signing with the New York Cosmos has grabbed the headlines early in the NASL season, the league boasts another undefeated team down in Atlanta. The league-owned Silverbacks managed by former Stevenage and Colorado Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith have assembled an excellent squad on a tight-budget. On Saturday night in Atlanta, the Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos (live on ESPN3.com at 7:30pm) in a match that will determine who leads the NASL’s spring standings after four weeks. The game is a rematch of the Soccer Bowl in 2013 that was ... Read more

Marcos Senna and Raul shine in New York Cosmos win against Tampa Bay

In a rebirth of the rivalry which defined the 1970s of North American professional soccer, the New York Cosmos played host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in their NASL Spring Season home opener on Saturday night. Reintroduced to the league in 2013, the Cosmos are currently top of the NASL table, winning two of their opening three matches and drawing the other. Following a difficult away draw with Indy Eleven, the Cosmos were eager to make the right start at home in front of its modern era record crowd of 12,550. And they did just that. Despite the crowd being dominated ... Read more

New York Cosmos and Rowdies to renew one of the biggest US soccer rivalries Saturday

Professional soccer in the United States is still relatively young when compared to that of other countries across the globe, but a few major traditional rivalries have developed through the years. Perhaps the biggest cross-sectional rivalry in the USA is the matchup between the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. First played in 1975, it was the rivalry that defined the late 1970’s in the North American Soccer League (NASL). The rivalry will be renewed on Saturday night in New York (7:00 pm ET, One World Sports and Sling International) with first place in the ten match NASL Spring ... Read more

New York Cosmos announce historic game to be played in Cuba

The New York Cosmos announced they will play a historic friendly against the Cuban national team, which will be played in Havana on June 2. Only three months after President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to restore diplomatic ties which were severed 54 years ago, the Cosmos announced plans to be the first professional American sports team since Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles in 1978 to play in Cuba. New York Cosmos directors Seamus O’Brien and Carlos Mendes, along with the coaches from both teams, Giovanni Savarese and Walter Benitez respectively, spoke to the media in ... Read more

FOX Sports exec shows little understanding of US soccer history

The same FOX Sports executive who hired Gus Johnson and tried to turn him into a soccer commentator, and who is arguably the most powerful soccer TV exec in the country given that FOX has the rights to the World Cup for the next 11 years, demonstrated this week how out of touch his network is with the sport of soccer in the United States. FOX Sports President Eric Shanks, in an interview with Reuters, said the following: “As I look back, especially for this [soccer] audience, 1983 was zero year for soccer in this country. It was the year of the ... Read more

Questions arise about the growth of foreign ownership in US soccer

The recent events regarding Frank Lampard have brought the question of foreign ownership in the U.S. professional soccer leagues back into the spotlight. The Lampard saga has highlighted a growing trend of investment from foreign owners into the United States professional game. New York City FC (NYCFC) is the most extreme and perhaps dangerous example yet of foreign ownership in American professional soccer. Chivas USA, an ill-conceived project that never made much sense even in the abstract, soured many fans in the US on partnerships and foreign ownership. Chivas USA was structured unlike NYCFC initially, simply serving as a “franchise” of ... Read more

New York Cosmos Ready to Tap Raul’s Experience and Passion

There’s another Spanish superstar in town and it isn’t David Villa. In the wake of NYCFC acquiring the former Atletico Madrid and Spain forward, the New York Cosmos signed his predecessor, Raul. The Real Madrid legend was Spain’s all-time top scorer before Villa broke his record in 2011, and until a few weeks ago he was the all-time top scorer in the UEFA Champions League. His pedigree is without question, but at 37 years of age one has to wonder what this signing really means for the Cosmos. They’re not in the top tier of US soccer, so is this move ... Read more