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Photo Gallery New York Cosmos B v New York Athletic Club 5/23

The New York Cosmos B earned a 1-0 victory over the New York Athletic Club in National Premier Soccer League Action on 5/23 at Shuart Stadium.

Cristhian Hernandez netted the lone goal at the Six Minute mark, and the defense was able to shut down the NYAC chances to keep the clean sheet.

Playing well on the defensive end of the ball was  Jonathan Morales, Andrew O’MalleyJohn Neeskens, Nick Costa and Uwem Etuk.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the match:

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The club will be on the road for most of the month of June, before returning to New York to take on Rhode Island Reds at Mitchell Field on July 5.

For more information on both the New York Cosmos B fans are encouraged to click here:

http://www.npsl.info/teams/74882107/74883410-74882193/TEAM.html

And by clicking on the official Cosmos website seen here:

http://www.nycosmos.com

For more information on the National Premier Soccer League fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.npsl.info/index.html

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VIDEOS: New York Cosmos Post-Match Thoughts from 5/23

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following post-match videos after the New York Cosmos 3-0 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions in North American Soccer League action on 5/23:

Head Coach Giovanni Savarese

Striker Raúl

Midfielder Leo Fernandes

Forward Lucky Mkosana

Defender Ayoze

Fans are encouraged to check out 1495 Sports Journalist Brad Kurtzberg’s recap of the match by clicking here:

http://1495sports.com/2015/05/24/cosmos-sting-scorpions-3-0/

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

http://www.nycosmos.com

 

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Cosmos Sting Scorpions 3-0

Raúl González Blanco celebrates his PK Goal. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Raúl González Blanco celebrates his PK Goal. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Cosmos played their strongest all-around match of the season and defeated the visiting San Antonio Scorpions 3-0 in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 5,032 at Shuart Stadium.

This was a big win for the Cosmos who lost all four matches they played to San Antonio last season.

“I think the team was very concentrated tonight,” Head Coach Giovanni Savarese said after the match. “I think they understood the importance of making a statement, getting the three points and being strong at home.”

The Cosmos broke on top in the 18th minute Raúl scored on a penalty kick to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The match was physical throughout with 30 fouls called in total, 19 of them against San Antonio.

That 1-0 lead held up through half time. Neither team managed to generate too much offense for the rest of the first half and the New York defense did a particularly good job of slowing down the Scorpions attack before they could get organized in the box.

Leonardo Fernandes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Leonardo Fernandes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

“I think today was our best performance, defensively, we were the best,” midfielder Leo Fernandes added. “We didn’t give them many good opportunities and we controlled the pace of the game.”

The Cosmos continued to bottle up the San Antonio offense in the second half. Goaltender Jimmy Maurer made some big saves to earn the shutout for New York.

New York added two late goals to clinch the win. First, Ayoze made a pretty crossing pass on a free kick that was headed home by Roversio in the 81st minute.

Then, in the 86th minute, Fernandes scored on a header to make it 3-0 Cosmos. Raul’s cross was tipped by Lucky Mkosana before Fernandes was able to beat San Antonio goalie Daryl Sattler with the header.

Ayoze. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Ayoze. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Both Ayoze and Mkosana had very strong two-way performances tonight for the Cosmos.

“I think overall we worked well together as a team tonight,” Mkosana explained. “Gio emphasized trying to put pressure on them the entire time and stop them from playing from the midfield. I think that worked out.”

With the win, the Cosmos remain the only unbeaten team in the NASL with 5 wins, 3 draws and no defeats. They remain at the top of the league table.

The Cosmos return to action Wednesday night at 7:30 when they take on the Jersey Express in a U.S. Open Cup match at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University.

For more information on the New York Cosmos and for tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

 http://www.nycosmos.com

Fans are encouraged to check out the post-match videos by clicking on the link seen here:

http://1495sports.com/2015/05/24/videos-new-york-cosmos-post-match-thoughts-from-523/

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New York Cosmos Hosting 7th Annual Cosmos Copa Tournament

NYC Gambia celebrating winning the 2014 Cosmos Copa Championship. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

NYC Gambia celebrating winning the 2014 Cosmos Copa Championship. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Friday that the grassroots tournament Cosmos Copa will return for its seventh edition this summer in New York. The Cosmos also officially announced the 32 participating teams from around the tri-state area.

Cosmos Copa is the nation’s preeminent amateur adult soccer tournament that unites New York City’s diverse community through sport. In this international tournament, the best soccer players in the tri-state area represent their country of heritage. Local teams representing 32 different countries will compete for the title of “Cosmos Copa NYC Champion” – in honor of both New York City as well as their country of origin.

For the second successive year, the Copa title match will be played on the same field that the Cosmos play their home matches on – Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. The Cosmos host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Aug. 2 in league play, with the Copa championship game also taking place that day.

The Cosmos will again team up with staff from its official charity partner, Street Soccer USA (SSUSA) to produce the tournament, including facilitating the day-to-day operations of Cosmos Copa.

SSUSA is a non-profit organization that uses the power of soccer to help at risk and homeless youth and young adults dramatically transform their lives. They utilize the power of sports, in this case soccer, to promote player development not merely on the field, but in every aspect of life.

This year’s Copa tournament also sees the implementation of a new tournament format that more closely mirrors the World Cup format. In previous years, there were “Elite 8” teams that received a bye from the group stage, but in 2015 all 32 teams will start from the same stage with seeding determined by how teams fared in the 2014 tournament. Furthermore, the Round of 16 which commences on July 19 will become a knockout round for the first time.

The 32 qualifying teams this year that will begin group stage play on July 4 are: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, England, El Salvador, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Holland, Honduras, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kosova, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Ukraine, Scotland, Senegal, Spain, USA and Uruguay.

The official Cosmos Copa tournament draw party, as well as all game dates and details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit CosmosCopa.com, follow the tournament on Twitter @CosmosCopa and like the Facebook page.

For more information on  Street Soccer USA fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

www.streetsoccerusa.org

For more information on the New York Cosmos fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

www.newyorkcosmos.com

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New York City FC Learn Opponent for 2015 US Open Cup

New York City FC huddle up during a training session. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York City FC huddle up during a training session. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York City FC will play the winner of the New York Cosmos and Jersey Express in the fourth round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 16.

Should the Cosmos win their third-round match, the NASL side will host New York City FC at 7:30 p.m. EDT at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. Should the Express win, New York City FC will host the PDL side at 7 p.m. EDT at Belson Stadium (St. John’s University) in Queens.

The U.S. Open Cup third-round matches will be played May 27.

New York City FC, currently in their inaugural season in Major League Soccer, travel to Real Salt Lake for a match this weekend. Kickoff from Rio Tinto Stadium is 10 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

For more information on the US Open Cup fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://thecup.us

For more information on New York City FC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.nycfc.com

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New York Cosmos v San Antonio Scorpions Preview

The New York Cosmos (4-3-0) are getting ready to host the San Antonio Scorpions (2-1-3) in North American Soccer League Action on May 23.

Fans are encouraged to get to Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University early as the team is beginning the ‘Cosmos Legends’ Bobblehead series with a figure of Pelé that match and they are only available while supplies last.

New York is coming back to Shuart Stadium after a thrilling 2-2 draw against the Carolina RailHawks, in which the club netted two late goals thanks to an own goal from Carolina and one that was netted in the 97 minute by Andrés Flores.

The Cosmos have been able to find a different offensive hero in each of the matches thus far.

San Antonio has always been a tough battle for New York and they are looking to come into this match not only very hungry, but also looking to repeat the past success they have had against New York.

In 2014 the Cosmos not only weren’t able to defeat the Scorpions in regular season, but also had a 2-1 loss in the NASL Semi-Final Round.

That season San Antonio won the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship, so you know that New York is looking forward to seeing what they can do with the additions of Raúl, Leo Fernandes, Lucky Mkosana, and former Scorpion player Wálter Restrepo.

Having a great season thus far for the team is Keeper Jimmy Maurer, who in seven games played made 18 saves, while holding a 0.71 GAA.

1495 Sports is proud to bring this video interview with Jimmy Maurer after the team’s training session on 5/21:

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

http://www.nycosmos.com

 

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New York Cosmos to Host Jersey Express in US Open Cup match

The New York Cosmos Huddle Up prior to the match v Ottawa Fury FC at MCU Park. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos Huddle Up prior to the match v Ottawa Fury FC at MCU Park. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Soccer fans in Queens get excited as the New York Cosmos will be coming to Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University to take on the Jersey Express of the Premier Development League in US Open Cup action.

The Cosmos and Jersey Express are set to play on Wednesday, May 27, with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m.

Jersey Express earned this match due to their 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls II on May 20.

For the rebooted Cosmos Franchise this is another great opportunity to see how they fair against other Leagues and to show the quality of the North American Soccer League Play.

In the 2014 Season during the US Open Cup, the Cosmos were able to go up against Major League Soccer club the New York Red Bulls, and earned a 2-1 victory in that match before falling to the Philadelphia Union in the Fifth Round.

Most will be keeping their eye out for the draw happening tonight, as the Major League Soccer clubs will be added to the current bracket.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 101 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

This year’s winner will earn a berth into the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports.

In addition to preparing for the US Open Cup matches the Cosmos will also have NASL action on Saturday, May 23 when they host the San Antonio Scorpions. Kick-off for that is set for 7:00 pm, with those able to get to Shuart Stadium early receiving a Pele bobblehead as a part of the ‘Cosmos Legends’ bobblehead series.

Tickets for the New York Cosmos versus Jersey Express match will go on sale tomorrow (May 22) at 10 a.m.

For more information on the New York Cosmos fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.nycosmos.com

For more information on the US Open Cup fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://thecup.us

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