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New York Islanders Announce 2015 Home Opener

The New York Islanders will open the 2015-16 season at their new home, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The first ever regular-season National Hockey League game in Brooklyn features John Tavares and the Islanders against Jonathan Toews and the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks.

“Opening night for the Islanders at Barclays Center represents an historic event for Brooklyn,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “We are proud to welcome the Islanders to their new home and to host the first-ever regular season NHL game in the borough. There’s great anticipation for the team’s inaugural season and we are ready to offer fans a memorable experience on opening night.”

Season Ticket Information: Fans can purchase season tickets by calling 844.33.ISLES or going online at http://www.barclayscenter.com/ny-islanders. Fans can choose their seats by visiting http://nyislanders.io-media.comto take a 3D tour of Barclays Center with New York Islanders Virtual Venue. To purchase group tickets, call 800-GROUP-BK.

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

http://islanders.nhl.com

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VIDEOS and PHOTO GALLERY from the New York City FC First Team Appearance at adidas Sport Performance Store

Fans of New York City FC had an amazing opportunity to meet and interact with the members of the First Team on June 23.

The members of the NYCFC had a blast signing autographs at the adidas Sport Performance Store in Manhattan. As the guys took selfies and got to know more about the amazing supporters, who showed up with the threatening weather outside.

Currently the team is getting ready to take on Major League Soccer and Metropolitan Area rivals the New York Red Bulls, this time the match will take place at Yankee Stadium.

Thus far tickets are moving very quickly as 35,000 tickets and counting have been sold.

The match between NYCFC and the Red Bulls is set for 5:00 pm and the action is also scheduled to air on the ESPN Network.

NYCFC is on a bit of a roll after winning the last three Major League Soccer matches they have played in. The last match versus Toronto FC on June 20 was a 2-0 victory.

That decision was a huge one for NYCFC who bounced back from a heartbreaker in the US Open Cup versus the New York Cosmos.

In the last meeting with the Red Bulls, New York City FC suffered a 2-1 loss. The boys in light blue has seen their play improve a ton since then, having their confidence increase with each good result.

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Josh Saunders 

Khiry Shelton

Jason Hernandez

RJ Allen

Kwadwo Poku

Shay Facey

Mix Diskerud

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

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Islanders Announce Preseason Schedule

Barclays Center. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Barclays Center. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Islanders 2015 preseason schedule will consist of eight games, highlighted by three games at their new home, Barclays Center, in Brooklyn.

The Islanders home games at Barclays Center are set for Monday, Sept. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wednesday, Sept. 23 against the New Jersey Devils and Monday, Sept. 28 against the Washington Capitals. All three contests in Brooklyn will start at 7 p.m.  Information on purchasing individual tickets for these games will become available at a later date.

The games in Brooklyn feature three key divisional matchups, including the first meeting between the Islanders and Capitals since their bitter seven-game playoff series last season. The Islanders will host the Devils at Barclays Center for the third consecutive season.  The Islanders defeated New Jersey 3-2 in a shootout last year.

The Islanders five road games include stops at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS and Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

The full preseason schedule is below:

 

Date                Visitor              Home              Time (ET)        Arena

Mon. Sept. 21 Flyers              Islanders          7 p.m.              Barclays Center

Islanders          Flyers              7 p.m.              PPL Center (Allentown, PA)

Wed. Sept. 23 Devils              Islanders          7 p.m.              Barclays Center

Fri. Sept. 25    Islanders          Devils              7 p.m.              Prudential Center

Islanders          Flyers              7 p.m.              Wells Fargo Center

Sat. Sept. 26    Islanders          Hurricanes       6 p.m.              Scotiabank Centre (Halifax, NS)

Mon. Sept. 28 Capitals           Islanders          7 p.m.              Barclays Center

Sun. Oct. 4      Islanders          Capitals           5 p.m.              Verizon Center

 

Season Ticket Information: Fans can purchase season tickets by calling 844.33.ISLES or going online at http://www.barclayscenter.com/ny-islanders. Fans can choose their seats by visitinghttp://nyislanders.io-media.com to take a 3D tour of Barclays Center with New York Islanders Virtual Venue. To purchase group tickets, call 800-GROUP-BK.

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

http://islanders.nhl.com

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Cyclones Taste First Loss of 2015 In Home Opener Against Staten Island

The National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones 2015 Home Opener at MCU Park. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones 2015 Home Opener at MCU Park. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

It wasn’t the way the Brooklyn Cyclones (1-1) were hoping to debut in front of 7,795 at MCU Park, but it was game full of lessons for these young players-as the team dropped a tough 8-3 loss to Staten Island (1-1) on Saturday night.

Starting Pitcher Gaby Almonte worked Five Innings, giving up eight hits, eight runs (six earned) and two walks. Almonte, who stayed in the game due to the fact that the Cyclones bullpen had been used in the team’s 2015 New York-Penn League Opener against Staten Island.

Gabby Almonte. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Gabby Almonte. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Now this rivalry series is tied at One, with the Cyclones expected to have a few players making their first start for the team when it comes time for Game 3 on Sunday.

Staten Island had a great hitting night, as the Baby Bombers finished the game with nine hits. Leading the way was centerfielder Jhalan Jackson who hit a two-run homer in the Second Inning, as the visitors took an early lead.

Jhalan Jackson celebrates his Home Run. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Jhalan Jackson celebrates his Home Run. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Jackson finished the night with one walk, two hits and four RBIs. Also having a good night at the dish was Drew Bridges who also had two hits and an RBI.

Pitcher Luis Cedeno (1-0) went 6.1 innings, striking out three hitters. The Yankees bullpen was only called upon once as Jhon Morban went 2.2 scoreless innings.

The Cyclones showed a ton of spunk and spirit throughout the night, as they cut into the Staten Island lead several times. It was a tough third inning that eventually cost the Baby Bums the victory.

Enmanuel Zabala. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Enmanuel Zabala. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Leading the offense for Brooklyn was  who had two hits. Vinny Siena, Michael Katz and Jeff Diehl all had hits in the game.

For Diehl he came in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth and gave the Cyclones offense a spark with a double, sadly though he was unable to score as the final score was 8-3.

This series between these two New York-Penn League rivals will conclude on Sunday (June 21) in Staten Island  at 4p.m. It will be a battle of the righties as Michael Gibbons of the Cyclones takes on Matt Borens of the Yankees.

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Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa Postgame Press Conference:

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For more information on the Brooklyn Cyclones and for tickets to the upcoming games fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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New York Cosmos to Face New York Red Bulls in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Round of 16

Cosmos Celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Cosmos Celebrating. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos will face the New York Red Bulls-this time in New Jersey in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on July 1, at 7:30 p.m. The matchup was determined this morning in a draw held by U.S. Soccer after the remaining 16 teams were grouped geographically after the conclusion of the fourth round on Wednesday evening.

The Red Bulls were drawn geographically into a group with the Cosmos and MLS rivals Philadelphia Union and D.C. United. The Union will host D.C. for the other match in the East group, and the winners of the two matches will meet in the quarterfinals in July.

The Cosmos pulled off one of just two upsets in the fourth round, defeating New York City FC on penalties on Wednesday evening at their home field on Hofstra University. The Red Bulls advanced with a complete 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks, also of the NASL, on Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena

The two sides met in the fourth round of the 2014 Open Cup, with the Cosmos taking a 3-0 victory out on Long Island.

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

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

http://www.newyorkredbulls.com

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Cosmos Captain Carlos Mendes signs contract extension

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Thursday that club captain Carlos Mendes has signed a contract extension with the team. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m very happy to extend my contract with the Cosmos,” said Mendes. “Being part of the Cosmos family has been an honor and I’m going to continue to give everything I can to help this club achieve success.”

Mendes, 34, is a Long Island native who joined the club from MLS side Columbus Crew in 2013. The central defender has been an integral part of the club’s back line since his arrival, appearing in 48 league games and scoring four goals.

“Carlos is a natural leader and someone who was the first player to commit to the new era of the Cosmos” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “He really helped lay the foundations of what we are trying to accomplish and is also very well respected and loved by his team mates.”

Mendes started his professional soccer career with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2002, where he made ten appearances before moving on to the Rochester Rhinos. In 2005, Mendes joined the New York Red Bulls where he made 146 appearances over six seasons before joining the Columbus Crew in 2012.

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

http://www.nycosmos.com

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VIDEOS: Interviews from 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones Media Day

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following video interviews from the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones Media Day:

Pitcher Tyler Badamo:

Infielder Vinny Siena:

Infielder Zach Mathieu

Infielder Michael Katz

Manager  Tom Gamboa

Outfielder Tucker Tharp

The Cyclones will host their Home Opener against the Staten Island Yankees on June 20 at MCU Park. The action between these two New York-Penn League Rivals will start at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the Brooklyn Cyclones and for tickets to the upcoming games fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://brooklyncyclones.com/splash/

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