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New York Cosmos

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 5)

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Three teams have distanced themselves from the pack, but the NASL Spring Season race is wide open following this past weekend's action.

The New York Cosmos rejoined the list of title contenders with a victory over the Carolina RailHawks, who saw the club's season-opening win streak snapped at five in a row.

Cosmos academy vision taking shape with approval from U.S. Soccer

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Since their rebirth, the New York Cosmos have set out to create an in-house academy to rival any in the world. Boasting a grand vision of a state-of-the-art in-house academy program, the Cosmos' efforts took a major step forward with the introduction of theUnder-13 and Under-14 age groups.

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Some Soccer News for May 2, 2016

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It's Day 123 of 2016.


My NASL Notes:
  • BIG GAME - Carolina's perfect record to start the season was broken by the New York Cosmos, 1-0 winners on Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Maurer kept the RailHawks from scoring with save after save late in the game.
  • Sneaking up on many of us is the fact that Indy is still without a loss.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Last year's NASL champions will face off against this year's front runners as the New York Cosmos host the Carolina RailHawks this weekend.

The RailHawks have continued their perfect start, recording four wins out of four this Spring in NASL. Austin Da Luz, Tiyi Shipalane and Nazmi Albadawi have all been on fire to start the season, leading the RailHawks into a surprising spot atop the table.

Cosmos not planning on shake-up following two straight defeats

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The past twoweeks have been steps backwards for the New York Cosmos, but head coach Giovani Savarese insists there is no need to shake things up any time soon.

Following a dominant start that produced two straight wins, the Cosmos have conceded late in the ensuing two contests to earn back-to-back defeats.

Sources: Cosmos not pursuing Francesco Totti amid reports

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Francesco Totti continues to be linked with a move to the New York Cosmos, but it doesn't appear the AS Roma legend will be joining the NASL club any time soon.

Sources tell SBI the Cosmos are not actively pursuing the 39-year-old Italian star. The Cosmos were previously linked with Totti earlier this year, but denied a move was imminent.

SBI NASL Season Preview: New York Cosmos

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In November, the New York Cosmos claimed the NASL's ultimate prize. Superstars Raul and Marcos Senna have since ridden into the sunset, but the Cosmos are more than ready to make another run this season.

International stars Juan Arango and Niko Kranjcar headline a busy offseason for the Cosmos, who will look to capture the club's third NASL crown in four years.

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NASL Rewind: Cosmos top RailHawks, Indy remains unbeaten, and more

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The NASL Spring Season race is back on.

Following a run of two straight defeats, the New York Cosmos toppled the previously-unblemished Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, on Sunday. The win sees the Cosmos move within three points of the league leaders alongside Minnesota United, who remained idle over the weekend.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 4)

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Minnesota United FC's victory over the New York Cosmos shook up the Spring Season race, but the Loons are still in pursuit of the league's lone perfect side.

The Carolina RailHawks continue to roll, with Saturday's defeat of the Tampa Bay Rowdies serving as arguably the team's most impressive performance yet.

NASL Rewind: Minnesota tops Cosmos late, RailHawks win and more

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While the Carolina RailHawks maintained their unbeaten run, Minnesota United FC scored late to topple the New York Cosmos to highlight Week 4 of NASL action.

The RailHawks kept their perfect recordalive with a commanding victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Just behind them, Minnesota United kept pace with a last-gasp Christian Ramirez winner that sunk the Cosmos to a second-straight defeat.

NASL Week 4: A Look Ahead

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In NASL action this weekend, two stalwarts of recent seasons face off in Minnesota while new standouts match up in Tampa Bay.

Perennial heavy-hitters in the New York Cosmos andMinnesota United FC will take the field on Saturday night with plenty on the line. Minnesota United has started to bounce back from an underwhelming opening display, but the Cosmos are now coming off a late breakdown on the road in Indy.

NASL Rewind: Indy stuns Cosmos, RailHawks continue to roll and more

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It was a weekend for late heroics in the NASL, which now sees just one unblemished side standing through three weeks of games.

After cruising through the first two games of the season, the New York Cosmos were stunned by a pair of late goals from Indy Elven in the reigning champions' first loss in 10 games dating back to last season.

NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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Both the New York Cosmos and Carolina RailHawks remain unblemished, and both sides will be looking to collect their ninth point of the young season this weekend.

The Cosmos are set for their first road match of the season with a visit to Indy Eleven, while the RailHawks prepare to host an Ottawa Fury FC team coming off of a draw.

NASL Rewind: RailHawks win thriller, Cosmos cruise and more

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The second week of the NASL campaignhas been completed, and two favorites have emerged in the sprint that is the league's Spring Season.

After claiming all three points in Week 1, both the Carolina RailHawks and New York Cosmos repeated the feat in their sophomore efforts of 2016. The RailHawks earned a narrow victory in a five-goal thriller at Rayo OKC, while the Cosmos toppled the Jacksonville Armada in the club's second home game.

NASL Week 2: A Look Ahead

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In an opening weekend that was less than stellar for the majority of the teams in the league, the New York Cosmos made waves to follow up on their 2015 championship.

The Cosmos have another chance to impress at home this week against the Jacksonville Armada, who will make their competitive debut under new coach Tony Meola.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 1)

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Week 1 of the NASL season is in the books, and the reigning champions emerged as the big winners.

The New York Cosmos cruised in their season opener, thrashing Ottawa Fury FC, 3-0, in a rematch of last year's final. Several other contenders were not so lucky, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies settled for a scoreless draw while Minnesota United fell in an opening week loss to the Carolina RailHawks.

NASL Rewind: Miami FC, Rayo OKC earn draws, Arango nets brace and more

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The NASL's two newest clubs earned a point apiece in their debut games, while the league's reigning champions picked up right where theyleft off in the opening week of action.

Both Miami FC and Rayo OKC settled for draws in their inaugural regular season contests. The former was forced to just one point on a late Fort Lauderdale Strikers equalizer, while the latter played to a scoreless draw with FC Edmonton in front of a capacity crowd in the club's home debut.

The SBI 2016 NASL Season Preview

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With two new teams and several new contenders, the NASL returns on Saturday with the start of the 2016 season.

Rayo OKC and Miami FC are set to begin their inaugural NASL campaign, where they will hope to push their way into a strong group of playoff contenders. The reigning champion New York Cosmos appear to have loaded up yet again, while clubs like Minnesota United and the Tampa Bay Rowdies look poised to challenge for the league's top prize.

SBI NASL Season Preview: Miami FC

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Under the guidance of one of the game's greatest defenders, Miami FC is finally set to kick off its first season of NASL play.

Former AC Milan and Italian national team defender Alessandro Nesta leads Miami FC into its inaugural season, and the former centerback has put together a combination of pieces to help his side succeed in its first season.

Major League Soccer

Read chapter 1 of ‘SoccerWarz: Inside America’s soccer feud between MLS, NASL and USL’

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Kartik Krishnaiyer's newest book, SoccerWarz: Inside America's soccer feud between MLS, NASL and USL, examines the role that the now disgraced Traffic Sports had within NASL, as well as the league's plans to challenge Major League Soccer's position as the top division in the United States.

Read chapter 1 of ‘SoccerWarz: Inside America’s soccer feud between MLS, NASL and USL’

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Kartik Krishnaiyer's newest book, SoccerWarz: Inside America's soccer feud between MLS, NASL and USL, examines the role that the now disgraced Traffic Sports had within NASL, as well as the league's plans to challenge Major League Soccer's position as the top division in the United States.

Soccerwarz: An insider’s guide to the conflicts holding back US soccer

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Soccer is an outlier in the landscape of American sports in that the major debates shaping the sport are about the leagues themselves. In the other sports leagues, the debates are about the rules of the game or how players are perceived, but only among American soccer fans are the major debates about the competence of the divisions.

Soccerwarz: An insider’s guide to the conflicts holding back US soccer

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Soccer is an outlier in the landscape of American sports in that the major debates shaping the sport are about the leagues themselves. In the other sports leagues, the debates are about the rules of the game or how players are perceived, but only among American soccer fans are the major debates about the competence of the divisions.

The SBI Show: Episode 258 (Recapping MLS Week 5, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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MLS Week 5 saw the last of the perfect teams fall, but Orlando City and Real Salt Lake recorded big wins to remain the league's lone unbeaten teams.

Episode 258 of The SBI Show takes a look back at a memorable week in MLS, with red cards taking center stage in multiple matches. Host Ives Galarcep breaks down all of the matches, including Orlando City's resounding 4-1 victory against the Portland Timbers.

The SBI Show: Episode 257 (USA-Guatemala, MLS, NASL, and more)

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The U.S. Men's National Team took care of business in World Cup qualifying, but the U.S. Under-23 team couldn't, giving us plenty to discuss on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 257 of The SBI Show looks back at the USMNT win last Tuesday against Guatemala, and all the impressive performances delivered on that memorable day in Columbus.

2016 NASL preview: Excitement building for new season of American soccer

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Despite two clubs ceasing operations after the 2015 North American Soccer League season ended, the league is about to kick-off its sixth year since returning in 2011. With a fresh TV deal announced with beIN SPORTS this week, the NASL can legitimately offer Major League Soccer some much needed competition.

2016 NASL preview: Excitement building for new season of American soccer

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Despite two clubs ceasing operations after the 2015 North American Soccer League season ended, the league is about to kick-off its sixth year since returning in 2011. With a fresh TV deal announced with beIN SPORTS this week, the NASL can legitimately offer Major League Soccer some much needed competition.

Indy Eleven

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 3)

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Through three weeks of the NASL Spring Season, a surprise contender has emerged atop the standings: the Carolina RailHawks.

With yet another victory, the RailHawks have emerged as the NASL's lone nine-point team through three weeks. Joining the RailHawks are the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Indy Eleven, both of whompicked up victories to stay unbeaten.

SBI Spotlight: Busch given chance to prepare for post-playing career with Indy Eleven

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Entering year 20 as a professional, Jon Busch knows his days as a pro soccer player are coming to an end. With that knowledge, the 39-year-old goalkeeper has embarkedon a new challenge with Indy Eleven while also taking the first step towards establishing himself in his post-playing career.

2016/17 Kits & Jerseys

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2016 Inaria Home and Away Kits

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Co-owned by Brazilian great Ronaldo, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are one of two teams in [...]

Ottawa Fury FC 2016 adidas Home and Away Jersey

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Ottawa Fury FC switched kit providers from Admiral to adidas during their offseason. Last years [...]

Rayo OKC 2016 Kelme Home, Away and Third Kits

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Closely affiliated with Spanish La Liga club Rayo Vallecano because of their ownership, Rayo Oklahoma [...]

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SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 2)

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Two weeks into the fast-paced Spring campaign, the New York Cosmos and Carolina RailHawks have emerged, while Minnesota United bounced back to remainhot on their heels.

Both the Cosmos and RailHawks made it a perfect two-from-two with victories over the Jacksonville Armada and Rayo OKC, respectively.

SBI Spotlight: Edmonton's Ledgerwood returns to expand game in Canada

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Nik Ledgerwood is a distinguished Canadian international with 12 years of European experience, so when he opted to sign with FC Edmonton, it was greeted with significant fanfare.

Ledgerwood, an Alberta native, was eager to return to his home province to help boost the Eddies' profile, NASL and Canadian soccer in general.

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SBI NASL Preview: Top 10 Newcomers to watch

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A new NASL season has brought in a new crop of stars expected to elevate the league ahead of the 2016 campaign.

It proved to be a busy offseason for NASL teams, including the New York Cosmos, who were forced to replace the retiring Raul and Marcos Senna. The reigning MLS Cup champions appeared to just that by bringing in Venezuelan legendJuan Arango and former Premier League midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

SBI NASL Season Preview: Top 5 storylines to watch in 2016

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The NASL season is set to start this weekend, and the 2016 campaign has the potential to be the busiest yet, both on and off the field.

Expansion clubs Rayo OKC, Miami FC and Puerto Rico FC join the fray in 2016, while the recent announcement of the San Francisco Deltas has seen the league land it's highly-coveted West Coast presence.

The Rest

Former Tea Men Assistant Viollet Subject of Soccer Documentary

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Former New England Tea Men assistant coach Dennis Viollet is the subject of a recently-released soccer documentary about his heralded soccer career.

Viollet, who served as an assistant to Tea Men manager and former Manchester United teammate Noel Cantwell from 1978-80, had his prolific soccer career documented in the motion pictureDennis Viollet: A United Man, which was directed by his daughter Rachel Viollet.

SBI NASL Season Preview: Minnesota United

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A future in MLS remains on the horizon for Minnesota United, but a busy offseason has the Loons in a position toemerge from the 2016 NASL season with trophies in hand.

Under the leadership of first-year head coach Carl Craig, Minnesota United spent the offseason bringing in some heavy hitters.

Players with local ties in the NASL

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The greater Philadelphia region doesn't have a local North American Soccer League team to call its own, but there are several players with ties to the area in the league.

The North American Soccer League begins its sixth year with the kick-off of the spring 2016 season this weekend and while the closest team to our area is the New York Cosmos, there are a number of players with ties to the area to keep an eye on this season (several games are available to watch on ESPN3).