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New York Cosmos Sign Lucky Mkosana To Extension

Lucky Mkosana. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Lucky Mkosana. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Wednesday that the team has signed forward Lucky Mkosana to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mkosana, 27, joined the team in November 2014 and so far in 2015 has scored five goals in 19 league appearances for the Cosmos. Mkosana also scored twice in the Cosmos’ 4-1 win over the Cuba national team on June 2, 2015, when the Cosmos became the first U.S. professional sports team to play in Havana in over 16 years.

“I’m delighted to have agreed on a new contract with the club,” said Mkosana. “I love it here, we play with an attacking mindset and I feel that I’ve really developed my game.”

Prior to the Cosmos, Mkosana spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. After joining the Rowdies in September 2013, the Zimbabwe native scored four goals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay.

“Lucky has been a tremendous addition to the team,” Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese said. “Working with him daily you can see how far he’s come and the progress he’s made. He’s added a real spark to offense this season and has done everything we’ve asked of him.”

Following a standout career at Dartmouth, Mkosana was selected by the Chicago Fire in the second round (No. 23 overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, but never signed for the Fire, opting instead to join the Harrisburg City Islanders. Mkosana scored 20 goals and tallied four assists in 41 games for the USL Pro club. In the 2013 season he tied a club single-season record with 13 goals and ended his stint at Harrisburg tied for third place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.

At Dartmouth, Mkosana was the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year and made All-Ivy League First Team all four years (2008-2011). He ended his career with the Big Green as the leading scorer in school history with 34 goals.

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PHOTO GALLERY: New York Cosmos v Carolina RailHawks

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the New York Cosmos match v the Carolina RailHawks on 8/30:

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PHOTO GALLERY and VIDEOS from the Mets Military Monday visit to Fort Hamilton

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the Mets Military Monday visit to the Fort Hamilton Base located in Brooklyn, New York.

Featuring General Manager Sandy Alderson, Great Mookie Wilson,  Broadcaster Josh Lewin and Mascot Mr. Met. The trio interacted with the troops on the base, having lunch and bowling a few frames.

PHOTO GALLERY:

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VIDEOS:

Sights from the Mets Military Monday visit to Fort Hamilton:

Interview with Mookie Wilson about giving back and more:

Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s thoughts on the team and more:

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VIDEOS: New York Cosmos Post-Match Interviews from 8/30

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following post-match interviews from the New York Cosmos victory over the Carolina RailHawks on 8/30:

Featuring:

Brian Holt and Leo Fernandes

Giovanni Savarese

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Cosmos Complete 3-2 Comeback Win Over Carolina

Lucky Mkosana . Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Lucky Mkosana . Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos got second half goals from Raul and Lucky Mkosana to complete a 3-2 comeback win over the visiting Carolina RailHawks before 5,257 fans at Shuart Stadium.

The Cosmos demonstrated strong play early and took control of the match in the opening minutes. This quickly paid off as Andres Flores scored a goal off a set piece in the second minute of the match. Flores’ shot went into the top corner of the net and beyond the reach of Carolina goalie Akira Fitzgerald. Raul earned an assist on the play.

New York dominated the first half for long stretches. They had possession for 57 percent of the time in the opening 45 minutes and were over 60 percent for much of the first half. The aggressive Cosmos offense was also forcing the RailHawks to commit numerous fouls that set up quality scoring chances for the home team.

Brian Holt. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Brian Holt. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

A few defensive breakdowns in the first half led to a pair of Carolina goals by Nazmi Albadawi. Both tallies were set up by Tiyiselani Shipalane. The tying goal for Carolina came in the 23rd minute off a nice cross from inside the box by Shipalane while Albadawai’s second goal beat Cosmos goalie Brian Holt by hitting the top corner of the net.

“I think we started very well. We created about four clear chances. But we started to lack some things tactically. They created some gaps, they were making very good runs and opening up and they were good on the ball. Unfortunately, we made two mistakes and they converted and it was 2-1.”

But the Cosmos were able to regroup at halftime and once again controlled the tempo and pace of the game in the second half.

“We adjusted to some things,” Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We pressured the ball higher, moved faster and had better runs. In the second half, we were much better.”

“I know we’re never out of it,” Leo Fernandes said. “Even if we’re losing in the 80th minute, we know we can always score. Our fitness is important. Late in the game, we see other teams get tired and we get stronger.”

The Cosmos tied the match on a penalty kick by Raul in the 62nd minute. The shot went just inside the far post and out of the reach of Fitzgerald. The score was 2-2, but New York clearly had the momentum  in their favor.

The game grew increasingly physical in the second half with Carolina receiving three yellow cards and a red card. Defender Daniel Scott was ejected in the 66th minute for a hard tackle on Cosmos forward Lucky Mkosana. That left Carolina with just 10 players on the field for the rest of the match.

Raúl. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Raúl. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Raul had another chance to score on a penalty kick in the 79th minute, when Leo Fernandes was taken down hard inside the box. Raul aimed for the same side of the net he had scored on earlier, but this time the ball hit the post.

In the 81st minute, coach Savarese made his first substitution, adding Haji Wright into the lineup. Wright served as a catalyst for the New York offense for the rest of the match.

Wright assisted on the game-winning goal by Mkosana in the 85th minute. His play set up Lucky who scored from close range on a play that Fitzgerald had no chance of stopping.

“He gave us exactly what we needed him to give us at the moment,” Savarese said when asked about Wright’s performance. “He used his speed and gave them something different. He was able to support Lucky (Mkosana) at the right moment. He assisted on the goal on a very good play, taking control, using his body and staying back. He is developing and he is growing.”

The RailHawks had one quality chance late in the match, but Holt, who was making his first appearance of the season for the Cosmos, covered a loose ball in the box to snuff out the scoring chance and preserve the three points for the Cosmos.

“We showed a lot of heart with the guys being able to work together and battle back in the second half,” Holt said.

With the win, New York improved to 5-4-1 (five wins, four draws and one loss) on the NASL’s Fall season and remained unbeaten at home in 2015. The Cosmos return to action on Saturday, September 5 when they visit to Tampa Bay Rowdies.

NOTES:

Both goalie Jimmy Maurer and defender Hunter Freeman were unavailable for the Cosmos due to slight tightness in their hamstrings.

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Mets Acquire Addison Reed from Arizona

The New York Mets announced on Sunday the club has acquired righthanded pitcher Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league righthanded pitchers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch. Reed is expected to join the team on Monday. The Mets also recalled infielder Wilfredo Tovar and placed him on the 60-Day Disabled List. 

Reed, 26, has 104 major league saves over five seasons with the White Sox and Diamondbacks. He has the 12th-most saves in the majors since 2012. The Scottsdale, AZ native is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA (19 earned runs/40.2 innings) in 38 games with Arizona this year. The 6-4, 230-pounder has allowed three runs over 16.1 innings with three walks and 14 strikeouts since July 29.

He has held lefthanders to a .242 (16-66) batting average this year. Lefties hit .219 (25-114) off Reed in 2014.

Reed had 32 saves and 69 strikeouts in 59.1 innings in 2014 with the Diamondbacks and recorded a career-high 40 saves with 72 strikeouts in 71.1 innings in 2013 with the White Sox.

In 236 major league games, Reed is 11-15 with a 4.20 ERA (109 earned runs/233.2 innings) and 241 strikeouts.

Diaz, 23, was 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA (65 earned runs/124.1 innings) in 23 games, 21 starts for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.

Koch, 24, was 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA (34 earned runs/88.1 innings) in 35 games, eight starts for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League this year.

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Heartbreak for New York City FC in loss to Columbus

Patrick Mullins. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Patrick Mullins. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

With only seven games left in the Major League Soccer Season, and three at Yankee Stadium the guys on New York City FC could have used a win against the Columbus Crew SC.

Instead they suffered heartbreak in a 2-1 loss and now find themselves a team with their back against the walls.

Now is a measure of what this team is truly made of, and the gauntlet was thrown down by Head Coach Jason Kreis,  who wondered during his Post-Match Press Conference who on the team is wanting to be a part of the club.

One player was Forward Patrick Mullins, who was obviously disappointed, upset and frustrated with this most recent result.

Mullins reflected on the loss and more all can be seen on the 1495 Sports NYCFC Post-Match interviews seen below.

Mullins, who was a key part of New York City FC obtaining a goal in the First Half, as he connected with Andrew Jacobson to tie things up.

Andrew Jacobson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Andrew Jacobson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

For Jacobson, the goal was his first for NYCFC (while also being the first innearly two years) and one that got the sell-out crowd at Yankee Stadium buzzing.

The home team had plenty of opportunities during the course of the match to even things up and maybe even win the match, sadly on this day though the ball did not go into the cage.

As for Columbus Crew SC, they had goals from Fernando Higuaín and Justin Meram, to earn vital points on the road.

New York City FC will have a week off before returning to the pitch for an away match at FC Dallas in the FC Dallas Stadium on September 12.

The boys in blue will return back to Yankee Stadium on September 16, when they host Toronto FC for a match that is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following post-match video:

Featuring Patrick Mullins and Head Coach Jason Kreis

For more information on New York City FC and for tickets to upcoming matches fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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