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NASL Announces The New York Cosmos 2017 Schedule

New York Cosmos Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York Cosmos Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The North American Soccer League (NASL) and the New York Cosmos today announced their 2017 Season schedule. The Cosmos’ 2017 home opener will take place at MCU Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 pm against Miami FC. Season tickets are on-sale now.

The league’s split-season schedule will feature a 16-game Spring Season and a 16-game Fall Season. Within each season, the Cosmos will play each of its seven opponents home and away, plus two additional matchups. The Spring Season Champion and Fall Season Champion will each earn a spot – and semifinal hosting rights – in The Championship, the league’s four-club postseason tournament.

The remaining two postseason spots will go to the two clubs that collect the most combined points over the course of the overall 32-game competition (Spring and Fall Seasons).

The New York Cosmos are reigning champions of the NASL, having won their second consecutive NASL Championship and eighth overall last November, with a 4-2 win on penalties over Indy Eleven in The Championship Final.

To view the full schedule, visit nycosmos.com/schedule.

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New York Cosmos Moving to MCU Park in Brooklyn

How things will be set for the New York Cosmos match at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

How things will be set for the New York Cosmos match at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

The New York Cosmos announced today that MCU Park in Brooklyn will be the new home of the legendary soccer club. The team will host a total of 16 regular season NASL matches at MCU Park this year beginning with the home opener on April 1st.  Season ticket membership packages for the upcoming 2017 season at MCU Park will go on sale Friday, February 3rd.

“When I took control of the club on January 10th, our immediate priorities were to stabilize the NASL, re-hire the Cosmos front office personnel and coaching staff, rebuild our team roster and relocate to a fan friendly venue within the five boroughs,” said Cosmos Chairman, Rocco B. Commisso. “In less than a month, we have achieved those objectives, including re-signing many of the starters from our 2016 Championship Team.”

“During the Cosmos’ inaugural season in 1971, the team played at Yankee Stadium,” continued Commisso. “With our move to MCU Park in Brooklyn, we are not only able to offer fans easy access to a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, but we are also reconnecting the club to its original New York City roots.  Adding the excitement of Cosmos’ games to Coney Island’s already vibrant atmosphere will be a win-win for our club and soccer enthusiasts throughout the metropolitan area.”

Located just steps from Coney Island’s famed boardwalk, MCU Park is also home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the New York Mets.  The stadium sits under the majestic Parachute Jump, and is surrounded by public beaches, amusement park attractions, restaurants and bars.  This unique locale features ample parking, and is served by the D, F, N and Q subway trains and numerous bus routes from the adjacent Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue Station.

“We are thrilled to showcase MCU Park as a multi-purpose venue and welcome the Cosmos, a storied franchise in American soccer history,” said New York Mets Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Wilpon.  “All New York area soccer fans will enjoy watching the Cosmos make their mark in Brooklyn.”

“With the Cosmos coming to Brooklyn, we’re adding a world class franchise to New York City’s proud soccer tradition,” said New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio.  “We couldn’t be more proud to welcome the New York Cosmos to the five boroughs.”

“Coney Island has been an iconic destination for generations of New York families,” said Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams. “This historic Brooklyn neighborhood’s remarkable renaissance will hopefully accelerate even further with the move of the New York Cosmos to MCU Park.”

“The New York Cosmos are back where they belong: New York City,” said New York City Councilman, Vincent Gentile.  “Cementing themselves in Brooklyn at MCU Park in Coney Island with a passionate fan base dating back to the 1970’s, the Cosmos will attract soccer fans and casual fans of the beautiful game alike.”

“Coney Island and the Cosmos are a perfect fit,” said New York City Councilman, Mark Treyger.  “I welcome the Cosmos to MCU Park and back to New York City, and look forward to seeing a whole new generation enjoy one of our city’s legendary sports clubs.”

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

http://www.nycosmos.com

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St. John’s Men’s Basketball Fights but Falls to #24/22 Xavier at Madison Square Garden

The Red Storm huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Red Storm huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

It was an intense battle between the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (10-13, 4-6) and #24/22 Xavier (15-6, 5-3) that saw the Musketeers earn a 82-77 victory over the Red Storm in BIG EAST play at Madison Square Garen.

The Red Storm used a  furious second half push that saw the Johnnies trim a 15-point deficit to just two down the stretch, sadly they were not able to close out this game, though the effor and fight were shown.

Leading the way on the offense for St. John’s was Shamorie Ponds, who recorded game-high 23 points. The Freshman was able to reach the 20-point plateau for the  ninth time this season.

Marcus LoVett tallied 11 points and five assists, while Bashir Ahmed also added 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc to round out the double-figure scoring for the Red Storm.

One of the keys in this game was the rebounding efforts from Xavier, as the Musketeers outrebounded the Red Storm by a final of 45 to 26. The fight and the heart were shown by the Red Storm was something that can be used as the season goes along.

St. John’s will return to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, playing host to the Golden Eagles of Marquette at 7 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Postgame Press Conference:

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Head Coach Chris Mullin along with Student-Athletes Marcus Lovett and Shamorie Ponds:

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball shines in MSG victory over Xavier

Akina Wellere. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Akina Wellere. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team 15-7 (7-4 BIG EAST) were able to shine in New York’s brightest stage in Madison Square Garden earning a 64-55 victory over Xavier (10-12, 2-9) in BIG EAST Conference play on January 29.

Leading the way on the offense for the Red Storm was Akina Wellere who had 17 points, from 6-0f-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point arc. Jade Walker followed with 14 points and Imani Littleton had 12 points and 11 boards.

Under Head Coach Joe Tartamella, the Johnnies are 3-2 at MSG and 9-5 overall dating back to the 2003-04 season. The Red Storm has won six of the first eight contests since the series began when the Musketeers joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

The Red Storm will now be on the road for the next two games, and will return to Carnesecca Arena on February 10 to host  Villanova for a 8:00 pm game that will air on the FS1 network.

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

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Fans are also encouraged to check out the following Postgame Press Conference from the game:

Featuring :

Head Coach Joe Tartamella and Student-Athlete Jade Walker:

For more information on the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Earns 62-55 victory over Butler

Jade Walker. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Jade Walker. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

With Five Red Storm players in double-figure scoring the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team (14-7, 6-4 BIG EAST) earned a 62-55 victory over Butler (5-16, 2-8) at Carnesecca Arena.

Jade WalkerAaliyah LewisAlisha Kebbe and Akina Wellere combined for 54 points to help lead  the Red Storm to their second straight victory and eighth on the year on its home court.

Walker and Lewis led the way not only offensivley, but also helped to lead the team on the floor creating energy and opportunity for the rest of their teammates. Both ladies finished the night with 16 points, and for Lewis this performance was impressive considering she missed most of the week due to being sick.

Overall, St.  John’s  committed just six turnovers, the fewest in a single game since the Johnnies had seven turnovers against Villanova on Feb. 19, 2015. Defensively, the Red Storm forced 19 turnovers and came away with 10 steals for the first time in a game since the last time these two teams met back on Jan. 5.

The ladies will return to the court on January 29, as they will host Xavier University at Madison Square Garden. The tip is  set for 3 p.m. with the action to air on the on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

Notes:

Prior to the game the entire St. John’s Women’s Basketball team wore SJUOK? shirts to  help raise awareness for suicide and mental health treatment.

The University also presented Head Coach Joe Tartamella with a ball commemorating his 100th win before the start of the game.

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

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Fans are also encouraged to check out the following Postgame Press Conference Video:

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Head Coach Joe Tartamella along with Student-Athletes Aaliyah Lewis and Jade Walker

For more information on the St. John’s University Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Notes for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball game v #24/22 Xavier

Team Huddle by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Team Huddle by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (10-12, 4-5) is currently getting ready to host #24/22 Xavier at Madison Square Garden this Sunday, January 29 in BIG EAST Conference play. The game is set for 6:00 pm, with the action set to air on the FS1 Network.

St. John’s and Xavier will meet for the ninth time in team’s history. The Musketeers have won the last three meetings, including a 97-82 victory on January 7 at the Cintas Center. Prior to this streak the Red Storm had won consecutive contests with its last victory coming on Feb. 23, 2015 at Madison Square Garden.

The Red Storm enters into this game earning a thrilling 91-86 victory over Providence College on the road. In a game that saw 15 lead changes and 13 ties, St. John’s was able to hold on to the win and now currently hold its best record at the midway point of conference play since the 2012-13 season.

What to Watch For:

The Freshman Duo of Marcus LoVett and Shamorie Ponds continue to show why they are one of the nation’s most highly touted young backcourts in the game against Providence. LoVett finished the game with a game-high 26 points, which was follow by 22 points from Ponds.

Defense has been a Key for the Red Storm:

Defense has been a huge key for St. John’s in earning the program some big time victories. Helping with that has been the amazing blocking ability from Tariq Owens. Owens who had one huge block against Providence, ejecting an attempt by Emmit Holt. The Red Storm recorded 10 steals in the game against the Friars.

About Xavier:

Xavier enters Sunday’s contest having lost four of its last five games. The Musketeers are coming off an 86-78 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday.

The Musketeers ranks second in the BIG EAST averaging 38.3 rebounds-per-game. Senior forward RaShid Gaston has grabbed a team-best 6.5 boards-per-contest, while Trevon Bluiett has recorded 5.7 per-game.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from a Press Conference held by the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team to preview the upcoming game and more:

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Student-Athletes:

Tariq Owens and Shamorie Ponds:

Head Coach Chris Mullin:

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Cosmos Bring Danny Szetela back to New York

Danny Szetela. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Danny Szetela. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced today the return of midfielder Danny Szetela. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to bring Danny back to the team. He is an experienced player and has contributed a lot to this team over the last few years,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “I’d also like to thank the San Francisco Deltas for helping to make this transition seamless,” he added.

Szetela, 29, has been a regular starter in central midfield for the Cosmos since joining the team in 2013. He has been part of all three Championship winning campaigns since the team’s reboot.

“The Cosmos have been a big part of my life for a long time. I have many special memories here, including three title wins. I’m looking forward to another run for the Championship and being around my family and friends who have been a huge support in my career,” said Danny Szetela.

A native of Clifton, NJ, Szetela joined the Cosmos after a two-year hiatus from the sport due to injuries. He originally turned professional in 2004 at the age of 16 when signing with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Szetela made 34 appearances for the Crew before moving abroad to play with Racing de Santander of Spain’s La Liga and Brescia Calcio of Serie B (where he made 26 appearances).

Szetela has represented the United States national team at every level. He was a member of the USSF’s Bradenton Academy and represented the U.S. at the 2003 Under-17 World Cup. In 2007, Szetela was a key starter on the U.S. U-20 national team that reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, alongside future national team players such as Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. He has also earned three caps for the full U.S. men’s national team and played for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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

http://www.nycosmos.com