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PHOTO GALLERY and VIDEOS from Fordham Football Media Day

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery and videos from Fordham Media Day:

PHOTO GALLERY:

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Fans should also check out the following:

Head Coach Joe Moorhead Press Conference:

Marlon Crook, Jr.

Chase Edmonds

Kevin Anderson

For more information on the Fordham University Football Team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Back-To-Back MAAC Champion Manhattan Announces Non-Conference Slate

The Manhattan Men's Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Manhattan Men’s Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello of the back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Champion Manhattan Jaspers has announced the program’s non-conference schedule for the 2015-2016 season, highlighted by four home games at Draddy Gymnasium.

Included in the nine-game schedule are four games against teams that qualified for the postseason a year ago, including three that participated in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Additionally, six of the teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament this decade.

“We are extremely excited about the direction of the program and with that comes stellar competition, which we feel this non-conference schedule gives us.” said Masiello. “It is not only challenging but also gives us an opportunity to play in front of our home fans as well as on national level, which is great for our brand.”

Manhattan will host Bucknell (11/21), George Mason (11/26), Columbia (12/9) and St. Francis Brooklyn (12/14) while playing at Saint Mary’s (11/16), Fordham (11/28), Memphis (12/12), Morgan State (12/20) and Eastern Kentucky (12/29).

“We know it will be a difficult early slate, especially with what we lost, but it is time for the next group of Jaspers to step up and leave their mark on the program,” said Masiello.

Below is a game-by-game overview of the entire schedule:

at Saint Mary’s (Monday, November 16) – TBA
2014-2015 Recap: 21-10 (13-5 WCC) – NIT First Round | Last NCAA Appearance: 2013
Series History: Manhattan leads 1-0 | Last Meeting (1991-1992)
Fast Fact: St. Mary’s has qualified for the either the NCAA or the NIT Tournaments in each of the last eight seasons.

Bucknell (Saturday, November 21) – 7:00 pm
2014-2015 Recap: 19-15 (13-5 Patriot) – NIT First Round | Last NCAA Appearance: 2013
Series History: Tied at 2-2 | Last Meeting (1988-1989)
Fast Fact: This will be Masiello’s first-ever game against a Patriot League institution comes against a Bucknell squad that has reached either the NCAA or the NIT Tournaments in four of the last five years.

George Mason (Wednesday, November 25) – 7:00 pm
2014-2015 Recap: 9-22 (4-14 A-10) | Last NCAA Appearance: 2011
Series History: George Mason leads 4-0 | Last Meeting (2014-2015)
Fast Fact: First-year head coach Dave Paulsen assumes the reigns of the program after coaching Bucknell the last eight seasons.

at Fordham (Saturday, November 28) – TBA
2014-2015 Recap: 10-21 (4-14 A-10) | Last NCAA Appearance: 1992
Series History: Manhattan leads 56-51 | Last Meeting (2014-2015)
Fast Fact: “The Battle of the Bronx” returns to campus sites after the Jaspers defeated the Rams last year 71-57 at the Barclays Center.

Columbia (Wednesday, December 9) – 7:00 pm
2014-2015 Recap: 13-15 (5-9 Ivy) | Last NCAA Appearance: 1968
Series History: Columbia leads 15-9 | Last Meeting (2013-2014)
Fast Fact: The last time the teams met on November 12, 2013, George Beamon’s putback layup off a missed shot was the difference in a one-point Manhattan victory.

at Memphis (Saturday, December 12) – TBA
2014-2015 Recap: 18-14 (10-8 American) | Last NCAA Appearance: 2014
Series History: Memphis leads 2-1 | Last Meeting (2006-2007)
Fast Fact: Masiello and Memphis head coach Josh Pastner squared off in the 1997 National Championship game. Pastner and Arizona defeated Masiello and Kentucky 84-79.

St. Francis Brooklyn (Monday, December 14) – 7:00 pm
2014-2015 Recap: 23-12 (15-3 NEC) – NIT First Round
Series History: Manhattan leads 51-19 | Last Meeting (2008-2009)
Fast Fact: The Terriers had arguably the top season in program history, advancing to the NEC Championship Game and the NIT before dropping a hard-fought decision to Richmond in the First Round.

at Morgan State (Sunday, December 20) – 1:00 pm
2014-2015 Recap: 7-24 (5-11 MEAC) | Last NCAA Appearance: 2010
Series History: Manhattan leads 2-1 | Last Meeting (2014-2015)
Fast Fact: Manhattan rallied for a thrilling 73-69 in the teams’ meeting at Draddy Gymnasium last season as Shane Richards became the Jaspers’ career leader in three-point field goals.

at Eastern Kentucky (Tuesday, December 29) – 2:00 pm
2014-2015 Recap: 21-12 (11-5 OVC) – CIT Quarterfinals | Last NCAA Appearance: 2014
Series History: Manhattan leads 1-0 | Last Meeting (1946-1947)
Fast Fact: While the programs haven’t met in almost 70 years, the head coaches are quite familiar with each other as EKU head coach Dan McHale served as a student manager at Kentucky during Masiello’s final three seasons.

Miscellaneous Notes:
* The four home non-conference games features games against NIT participants Bucknell and St. Francis Brooklyn, A-10 member George Mason and a Columbia team that is expected to challenge for Ivy League superiority.

* Additionally, the four home non-conference games are the most during Masiello’s tenure in Riverdale. Over his first four seasons, he is 6-4 at Draddy Gymnasium in non-league play.

* Four schools – Memphis (17), Saint Mary’s (33), Eastern Kentucky (75) & Bucknell (99) have two-year RPI averages in the Top-100. All four qualified for postseason play a year ago.

* The non-conference schedule consists of three games against schools from New York and one each from California, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.

* Manhattan will also host Bridgeport on Monday, November 9 in an exhibition game.

* The Jaspers’ 20-game MAAC schedule will be announced in September.

For more information on the Manhattan College Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gojaspers.com

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Jimmy Maurer signs contract extension with the New York Cosmos

Jimmy Maurer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Jimmy Maurer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Tuesday that goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer has signed a multi-year contract extension with the team. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m pleased that the contract talks went smoothly and that it’s all sorted out with the club,” Maurer said. “I’ve been with the Cosmos since 2013 and want to continue to be a part of things going forward. There’s no question that this is where my family and I want to be for the forseeable future.”

Since becoming the starting goalkeeper at the beginning of 2014, Maurer, 26, has made 41 appearances for the Cosmos (with 17 shutouts and 110 saves). Following the 2014 season, he was named to the NASL Best XI.

“Jimmy has great quality and is an important player for us,” Head Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Though he’s young, he’s already had extensive experience for us in pressure situations and continues to get better year by year.”

Prior to his arrival in New York, Maurer played with Universidad de Concepción in the Chilean Primera Division. A former star at the University of South Carolina, Maurer started all 78 games of his four-year collegiate career with the Gamecocks, recording the second-most shutouts in school history (28).

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

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New York Cosmos Sign Striker Gastón Cellerino

The New York Cosmos announced on Monday that the club has signed Argentine forward Gastón Cellerino, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Clearance (ITC). As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re pleased to have added another quality attacking option,” said Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese. “Gastón is a dynamic forward who is very dangerous and clever in the box and someone that will put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.”

Cellerino, 29, began his career in the youth academy of Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors. After leaving Boca in 2007, he joined Peruvian first-tier side Universidad San Martín, where he helped the team to win the league title.

In 2008, Cellerino signed for Chilean Primera División club Rangers to play the Torneo de Apertura, and finished as runner-up in the Torneo Clausura top-scorers table with 16 goals (trailing only Lucas Barrios).

In 2009, Cellerino moved to Italy with Serie B club Livorno before joining Chilean Primera División team Santiago Wanderers in 2013. Over the past two years with Wanderers, Cellerino has scored 17 league goals in 57 appearances.

“After speaking with Gio, I was impressed with the team’s philosophy and the style of play really appeals to me,” said Cellerino. “I’m looking forward to getting to New York and starting training and doing whatever it takes to help this team win another championship.”

For more information on the New York Cosmos, please visit http://www.newyorkcosmos.com

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PHOTO GALLERY: New York Cosmos v San Antonio Scorpions

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the New York Cosmos match v San Antonio Scorpions on 8/15:

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Cosmos Bottle Up Scorpions 2-1

Leo Fernandes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Leo Fernandes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos got goals from Leo Fernandes and an own goal by San Antonio’s Brad Rusin to defeat the Scorpions 2-1 before 4,0006 fans at Shuart Stadium. The win extended the Cosmos unbeaten streak to five games.

The Cosmos were forced to play this match without Head Coach Giovanni Savarese who was ineligible to coach after being carded in the team’s last game. Assistant Coach Carlos Llamosa took over and the team responded well early.

New York controlled the tempo of the match in the first 25 minutes and had the early possession advantage. The Scorpions are known as a counter-attacking team and they continued to use that strategy throughout the first half.

San Antonio played their best soccer in the final 20 minutes of the first half and drew first blood during stoppage time. A well-timed cross by Billy Forbes found Milton Palcios who shot the ball into the net off the far post and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Cosmos answered back quickly. A long distance shot by Raul bounced off the cross bar and Leo Fernandes scored his sixth goal of the season by heading it home just seconds before the end of the first half. The Midfielder had apparently scored on an almost identical play in the 40th minute but the goal was waived off because Fernandes was called offsides.

“I did say finally,” Fernandes admitted when the goal went in. “I looked at the linesman right away and saw his flag was down so I was able to celebrate with the team.”

The tying goal was a momentum changer.

“It means a lot,” Coach Llamosa explained when asked about the goal in the waning seconds of stoppage time in the first half. “They play very defensively and have a fast pace up front. We knew playing at home we had to set the tempo of the game…Scoring before the half was important because it gave us more confidence for the second half.”

There was a definite carryover effect. A free kick by Hunter Freeman forced the Scorpions into a difficult defensive position and the ball went into the net off San Antonio defender Brad Rusin in the 47th minute. The Cosmos led 2-1.

Jimmy Maurer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Jimmy Maurer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York defense did a fine job of shutting down the San Antonio attack in the second half. The Scorpions managed only two shots in the final 45 minutes. Their best scoring chance came in the final few minutes on a dangerous cross in close but goaltender Jimmy Maurer was able to read the play and gain control of the ball to diffuse the scoring opportunity.

“We were able to score in the first minute of the second half and we kept the game in control,” Fernandes said. “We didn’t give them many clear-cut opportunities. That’s a credit to our defense and Jimmy [Maurer].”

Despite taking the lead, the Cosmos continued to press for more offense and had the better scoring chances late. Ayoze had a good scoring chance in the 64th minute but his shot sailed wide of the net. Then, Adam Moffatt had a great scoring chance in the 83rd minute but his shot deflected off a defender which set up a corner kick for New York.

The Cosmos were given an additional advantage in the 84th minute when former Cosmos midfielder Joseph Nane was given a red card and ejected from the match. That left San Antonio with only 10 players as they tried to tie the match in the final minutes.

The win improves the Cosmos record to 3-3-1 in the NASL’s fall season. The club’s next match will be on Saturday, August 22 when they travel to meet the Carolina RailHawks at 7:30 pm. New York will return home on August 30 when they host the RailHawks for a 4:00 pm match.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Post-Match video:

Featuring:

Leo FernandesJimmy Maurer and Assistant Coach Carlos Llamosa

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New York City FC has Big Night in Victory over DC United

Kwadwo Poku. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Kwadwo Poku. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

In front of a  sell-out crowd of 28,262 at Yankee Stadium New York City FC (7-11-6) grinded out a 3-1 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United (13-8-5) in Major League Soccer action on 8/12.

Though New York City FC was a very aggressive attacking team, it was D.C. United that was able to get the first goal thanks to Alvaro Saborio, who found the back of the cage in the 36 minute marker.

NYCFC was down at the half, but the combination of great energy from the crowd in addition to some great play by the team allowed for a comeback victory-getting those amazing supporters and themselves three points that will be vital to the rest of this MLS Season.

Tommy McNamara got the home team on the board at the 51st minute mark in the Second Half, finishing off a great assist by Kwadwo Poku.

Captian David Villa added onto the New York City FC lead in the 80th minute, as the striker finished off the first ever assist for Andrea Pirlo in a NYCFC Uniform.

Poku finished off what was an amazing night for himself personally by recording a goal at the 88th minute that sealed the 3-1 victory and also a huge three points.

For Villa he now leads the team with his 14 goals, while Poku leads the team in assists.  McNamara was able to record his fifth goal of the season with all on the field playing a more aggressive style of soccer.

New York City FC will be on the road for two matches starting at Columbus on August 19, they will be back at Yankee Stadium on August 29 when they host the Crew for a 4 pm match.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Post-Match Video:

Featuring:

Kwadwo PokuMix Diskerud and David Villa

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

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