My first weekend of New York Cosmos withdrawl came and went without a hitch. I didn’t hurt anyone nor did I break out into spasms or anything. The only thing to come out of it was some reflecting and some appreciation for the season that was. With that said I drew up a list of the top 10 moments that the NY Cosmos gave us this season. There were so many highlights and very few low moments. I can honestly say that as a fan, we could not have asked for a better season than the one we had. While I have a lot of optimism for 2014, its going to be hard to top the season that we had. But I’m excited a the simple thought of the team taking the field for the 2014 season!
So without further ado, here are my top 10 moments from the 2013 New York Cosmos Fall Season:
10- THE RE-EMERGENCE OF COSMOS COUNTRY!
It goes without saying that the 2013 New York Cosmos were a dominant force in the NASL. However much has been said about the 12th man on the field on many occassions. The 12th man was the fan base or Cosmos Country as we would like to call it. From cheering at Hofstra to attending viewing parties and ultimately, to travelling to Atlanta, I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this fan base and to me, its one of the finer points from this past season!
9.DIOMAR DIAZ SCORES TWO GOALS AGAINST THE FT. LAUDERDALE STRIKERS ALSO GIVING THE COSMOS THEIR FIRST ROAD VICTORY OF THE SEASON! (9/21)
Thru the first seven weeks of the season, the NY Cosmos had accumulated 3 wins, 3 ties and a loss and were still longing for first place. What they had not accomplished up until that date was a road win. They knew that if they were going to challenge for first place that they would have to find a way to win on the road. On September 21 against Fort Lauderdale, Diomar Diaz would solve this riddle when he came through with his best performance of the year, scoring two goals, one in the 10th minute and another in the 33rd minute which was enough to give the Cosmos their first road victory of the season – a 2-0 win over the Strikers. Not only was this the first time the Cosmos won on the road but it was the first time all year that the Cosmos were aggressive in scoring goals early in the match.
8.GUENZATTI’S LATE GOAL GIVES THE COSMOS A 1-0 VICTORY OVER MINNESOTA UNITED! (9/14)
With the Cosmos trying to right their ship and move up in the standings, a win at home against Minnesota was a must. Both of the teams would play a tough and tightly contested first half and end up scoreless at half time. The second half seemed as it was going the same way but late in the second half, Hunter Freeman would find Sebastian Guenzatti on a nice cross from the right corner and Guenzatti would head the ball into the net in the 77th minute to give the Cosmos a 1-0 lead. That goal would prove to be the only goal that the Cosmos would need and would give them another home victory as well!
7.THE SIGNING OF GIOVANNI SAVARESE TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION!
So this moment didn’t have to do with a goal or anything else on the field but rather business off of the field. On October 22nd , just as it was starting to become clear that the Cosmos not only managed to reboot but excel in the reboot era, the team signed head coach Giovanni Savarese to a multi-year contract extension. Coach Gio had already been doing a great job and what better way to start focusing on the future than to solidify the genius that had already help to shape the current team on the field. The move was praised by many as it was evident the Gio had been one of the main forces behind that Cosmos success.
6. PERI MAROSEVIC’S GOAL AGAINST THE FT. LAUDERDALE STRIKERS – THE FIRST OF THE REBOOT ERA! (8/3)
The day had already yielded great memories. The sight of Pele and other Cosmos legends on the field at Schuart stadium whipped the crowd into nostalgic frenzy. Now the crowd needed some current day frenzy. The boys in green were on the field and all that was needed was a goal. Cue up Peri Marosevic. In the 44th minute Marosevic would connect on the first goal of the Cosmos reboot era and put them up 1-0 against their arch rival Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Close to 12,000 fans would go crazy ad the Cosmos were back and on the board!
5. HENRY LOPEZ’ GOAL IN INJURY TIME TO DEFEAT THE SAN ANTONIO SCORPIONS! (8/24)
Coming Off Of A Loss and a Tie on the road, the NY Cosmos were in desperate need of a win and what better place to get it then at home. The San Antonio Scorpions were also in desperate need of a win as they were winless coming into Schuart Stadium. The Cosmos would get off to a good start on a Diomar Diaz goal in the 42nd minute, eerily reminiscent of Peri Marosevic’s goal during their first home victory. San Antonio would tie the match in the 64th minute and they would remain tied going into injury time. Once again, just like in their one opener, the “Cardiac Cosmos” would come up with some late magic. In the 92nd minute, Henry Lopez would nail a header into the net on a series of passes from Satoru Kashiwase and then Marcos Senna to set up Lopez. The goal would give the Cosmos a 2-1 lead and with less than a minute to go would also give them their second victory of the season.
4. THE NY COSMOS DEFEAT THE TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 4-3 IN A GREAT COME BACK! (9/29)
Another one of their long time rivals, the Tampa Bay Rowdies would march into Hofstra’s Schuart Stadium on September 29th. As much as the Rowdies are hated, nothing is hated even more than when they score. On this day, the Rowdies would score THREE times in the first half to take a 3-1 lead into half time. With the table now set, the Cosmos were ready to embark on one hell of a come back. First Paulo Mendes would put a goal in to make the score 3-2. Diomar Diaz would break through two Rowdies defenders to tie the game. Finally the man himself Marcos Senna would send give the Cosmos fans exactly what they had longed for at half time – a come from behind victory against the Rowdies. Senna hooked a free kick from right to left past the Rowdies goalie to make it a 4-3 match! Here is video of the Cosmos goals that day!
3. ALESSANDRO NOSELLI’S HEADER AGAINST THE STRIKERS TO GIVE THE COSMOS THEIR FIRST VICTORY! (8/3)
Everything had gone picture perfect on opening day. As previously mentioned, legends had taken the field, the Cosmos jersey was gracing the field of a soccer pitch once again, but here we were in the injury time and the score was dead locked at one a piece. You knew that the first match of this reboot era was not going to finish in a tie right? Of course not. Alessandro Noselli would cap the perfect return of the Cosmos with a header in the 91st minute to give the Cosmos a 2-1 victory and their first victory in 30 years! A moment to truly never forget!
2. THE NEW YORK COSMOS CLINCH THE FALL 2013 SEASON TITLE WITH A 2-1 VICTORY OVER SAN ANTONIO! (10/27)
Just one week earlier the Cosmos took to the field on their home turf against FC Edmonton in hopes of clinching the fall season in front of their fans. All was looking bright for the Cosmos as they held a 1-0 until the 90th minute when Edmonton would spoil the party and force a draw. Now on the road, the Cosmos would try once again to seal the deal. They would get off to a rough start early in the match – the 3rd minute of the match! The Scorpions would go up 1-0 and maintain the lead into half time. However in the second half it was time to put the nail on the coffin for all of the fall 2013 participants. First Marcos Senna struck with a goal on an assist from Sebastian Guenzatti in the 52nd minute. Then just minutes later, the 54th to be exact, Stefan Dimitrov would connect on a pass from Diomar Diaz to give the Cosmos a 2-1 lead. The remainder of the match was a grudge match for Cosmos the remainder of the way. They would lose Marcos Senna to an ankle injury and then have his replacement, Dane Murphy, received a red card in the 74th minute, forcing the Cosmos to play the remainder of that match with only 10 players. The Cardiac Cosmos would live up to their name and hold off the Scorpions to win the match 2-1 and sent Cosmos Country into a frenzy and send the club to the 2013 Soccer Bowl!
1. THE NY COSMOS WIN THEIR 6TH NASL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A 1-0 WIN OVER THE ATLANTA SILVERBACKS! (11/9)
In what was by far the biggest rush for this sports fan in a very long time, my #1 thrill this season was easily the win against the Atlanta Silverbacks and the NY Cosmos capturing their 6th NASL title. The emotion in the Stadium all around was such an intense feeling that had not been felt all year. The Marcos Senna goal in the 2nd half was a thing of beauty to watch and to celebrate. And of course, once the whistle blew after 95 minutes, sheer ecstasy and jubilation was exerted by every Cosmos Country member around the world! The perfect culmination in what was already a historic season! The 2013 season would end with a championship. What can 2014 possibly bring? To me, its too early to think about that right now. Lets enjoy the 2013 celebration one more time!
As many might already know, your 2013 NASL Champion NY Cosmos are currently in Spain where they will take on Marcos Senna’s former professional Club and La Liga’s own CF Villareal. The match is today at 2:15pm EST and can be viewed in the following ways:
- Watch live on CF Villareal’s Website today – web cast is scheduled to begin at 2:00pm. Here is a link to their site. CF Villareal Website
Here is a link to a prematch article on Senna from Villareal’s website
- Watch the tape delay broadcast on GOL TV at 5:30pm try to avoid twitter if you are opting for this route!
It has been confirmed that Marcos Senna will be playing one half for the NY Cosmos and will switch uniform and play for CF Villareal for the other half. Very reminiscent of Pele and Chinaglia when they played their former club many years ago. Marcos Senna played for the Villareal Football Club from 2002 thru 2013 and he has been nicknamed their “Eternal Captain”. There is no question that this will be a special moment for Senna but also equally special for his Cosmos teammates. Not only have they just won their 2013 NASL championship but now have the honor of participating in a testimonial for their captain against one of the top team in Spain’s La Liga Division.
A must watch for all Cosmos Fans!
The thought of being in a van for 17 hours is difficult to fathom for most. Thinking of doing it twice in 2 days will get you many strange looks and a couple of choice words. Nonetheless 69 of my fellow New York Cosmos fanatics and myself aka, The Five Points, willingly took upon the challenge with open arms to go see the NY Cosmos play in their first championship title match in 30 years. I will first start by saying that trying to coordinate anything with 70 people is ever an easy task. That’s why I want to take the time now to give a huge job well done to La Banda Del Cosmos and the Borough Boys for putting this trip together.
We started our trip in Washington Heights at Fort Tyron Park. Some of us waited for close to 2 hours in the cold that night waiting for everyone to arrive who was scheduled to go on the vans. Even though it was cold, none of us seemed to mind as the thought of reaching Atlanta kept crossing our minds.
Van assignments were given out and at around 10pm Friday night, we rolled out of Manhattan and crossed into our first state NJ – the home of some soccer team sponsored by a soft drink who has never won a championship in their lengthy history. Enough about them.
We made a quick stop in that state and off we went. We would make two more stops overnight stopping for food, gas and bathroom breaks. The site of 70 Cosmos fans in five vans, taking over a gas station in the middle of the night just made me shake my head to think “Man, The Five Points are on the road!”. The sun would start to come up as we would make our way through Virginia. Fatigue would start to settle in for some but for the most part spirits would remain high knowing where we were headed. I for one drove three hours at the start of the trip and finally gave up the wheel in Maryland. When we got to South Carolina another driver was needed. The fatigue was present but motivation kicked in and I took on another shift which would take me all the sway into Atlanta. When I drove in the dark all I saw where headlights and darkness. But this time in the daylight as I was entering Georgia I kept noticing the vans in my rear view mirror. Each time I saw them, it pushed me further and I was thinking – five vans all of them looking to see the Cosmos get their 6th championship. The view looked beautiful each time. We had been driving for a little over 12 hours- who cares! The Cosmos had been working for months! Press onto Atlanta Five Points!
One of our last stops seemed to put our whole trip into perspective. We had talked about stopping for smoke bombs and pyro-technics at the Georgia border but due to the slower pace of the trip we had decided to scrap those plans and once in Georgia go straight to the pre-party. On our second to last stop in South Carolina the “Supporters Gods” sent us a gift. We were in search of a gas station and once off the highway what was staring at us? A gas station that had a fireworks store next to it! Yup I said it – a gas station with a fireworks store- because they go together right? It became like a kindergarten class field trip to a candy store. What was purchased will come up later!
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Once is Atlanta the NY Cosmos through a great Pre-Party at Firebird Bar. Its exactly what we needed after a long trip – food, beer and some Cosmos cheer! Here are some sights from that pre-party!
After leaving Firebird it was onto Atlanta Silverbacks Park. I wish I could tell you good story about arriving there. But I will cut to the chase. The Atlanta supporters – “The Ultras” pretty much ambushed our five vans as well as our two shuttle buses once we parked in the parking lot. Smoke bombs and flares were tossed at us and we received threats that our vehicles would be vandalized. I wish I could tell you I was exaggerating but I’m not. There was a tense stand off between The Five Points and The Ultras in the lot but that was separated by Atlanta Police. The Ultras were eventually told to go into the stadium. A short while later we would make our grand entry into the Soccer Bowl. Enjoy the videos below that some what tell the story.
In this video, while its dark you will see a small group of people standing in front of the Five Points – that would be Atlanta Police keeping us from walking over to the smoke which were the Ultras – stay classy Atlanta,
After standing around in the lot waiting for the Police to let us in – we decided to get fired up, light some pyro and chant some more!
Finally they agreed that it was safe to let us into the Soccer Bowl – here is our view as we walked in!
Once in our seats we waited til the players were announced to unleash the fury of some of what we brought along with us to Atlanta – yup here are some of the fireworks we purchased. My apologies for having the camera position incorrectly! Yes the crazy guy screaming was me – sue me for being caught up in the moment!
Oh there was a game that need to be played right? Once the game got underway we continued to abuse Silverbacks Park with our chants, our confetti and yes our smoke. There were moments that we would purposely stay quiet in hopes that they would return a chant. All you heard were crickets.
Throughout the first half, we made Cosmos Country heard. It was a strong mix of emotions unleashed- thirty years of waiting for a soccer bowl combined with 17 hours of traveling through the east coast of the USA, mixed in with a season full of doubters. Then in the second half as if it weren’t enough Marcos Senna would put the exclamation point on a Cosmos Reboot season that has been one for the ages. I was fortunate enough to be running my video when he scored and captured some of the jubilation that the Five Points unleashed on behalf of Cosmos Country all over the world. I will never forget this moment-would have recorded longer but stopped the camera to jump and scream with the rest of the Five Points!
Believe it or not in the second half we got louder and stronger. More smoke would follow more confetti would be thrown. All the while, I must admit, both teams played the most entertaining half I think I saw all season. Credit the Silverbacks for leaving it out on the field in the second half. They tested Kyle Reynish many times and he answered the call. Here are some highlight of the game before I put up more of my videos.
This video recap is courtesy of One World Sports:
Finally, as if winning were not enough, we got to experience the on field celebrations with the Cosmos themselves. Invading the pitch, High fiving them, giving them hugs and even lifting up Marcos Senna:
Video of some on field shenanigans with the Boys In Green:
Pitch invasion – running onto field never felt so good!
Celebrating with the team and the five points
FINALLY – THE 2013 NASL TROPHY PRESENTATION!
Its a long one but hey…you waited 30 years for this-give it four minutes of your time!
I knew that this trip to Atlanta would be fun, but as I was coming home I was exhausted physically and mentally but I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing and thinking about all of the good things that happened during the trip. Watching the Five Points representing Cosmos Country and then watching the Cosmos win and celebrating with them exceeded any of my expectations. Truly one of the best sports experiences ever in my life and one that I will cherish forever. I would like to take this time to personally thank Eric Stover – COO of the NY Cosmos who was ever so gracious with us during this trip. And a very big thank you to La Banda Del Cosmos, Borough Boys and Sagan’s Army for letting this guy tag along with them. Together with them and with every other Cosmos supporter, we make the Five Points what they are today – the best Supporters Group around! Atlanta found out in their own home-we went into their stadium, we were louder than them, we smoked them out, blew rockets in their stadium, took one of their seats, ran on their field and took home the title! Lets put everyone else on notice in 2014!
We’ trekked through the night with a few stops and we are now just about half way there. Difficult ad hell to sleep on a van but this little cup of coffee in my hand should make it all better! 6 more hours and we’re at the soccer bowl!
For the first time this year- Pele, Beckenbauer and Chinaglia are hanging with the 2013 Cosmos!
-190 th street in Manhattan is where we start our trek tonight.
-4 vans heading down to Atlanta to cheer on their Cosmos!
-56 fans who have stuck together at home and away games!
-860 miles to drive at the quickest route!
-8 is the number of states we will pass thru once we leave New York!
-14 hours is the estimated drive time to Atlanta!
-6 is the number of championships the Cosmos will have with a win!
2-is the number of times a lifetime the Cosmos come around!
It’s 9am – the bags are packed and ready for Atlanta! We leave in 12 hours- wish I didn’t have to work today and could head straight there! Mr. Chinaglia is in the bag as well ready to make the trip! I’m keeping him covered to make sure he gets there in one piece.
Atlanta – we’re headed your way to paint your town GREEN!
Safe travels Cosmos fans!
In about 24 hours I will be embarking on what will likely be a loud, fun, festive, tiring, long BUT worth while road trip with La Banda Del Cosmos,, This Is Cosmos Country, Pele’s Head, and many more Cosmos supporters to Atlanta’s Silverbacks Park For the 2013 Soccer Bowl. I must say that I am extremely fortunate and ecstatic to be making this trip.
With that said, starting now and through the end of the weekend, I am turning this blog over to follow the definition of what my blog has been about all year the “Cosmos Soccer Fan”. I will be with passionate fans that love their boys in green and white and I will bring you the sights, sounds and as much feeling as I can bring you as we travel down to witness our team claim what we hope, will be their sixth title! Check back often as we make our way to Atlanta and enter Silverbacks Park For the SOCCER BOWL!
Now that the 2013 NASL Fall regular season has come to an end we can look back at some numbers to really validate what the NY Cosmos have accomplished this year.
We already know that they are At the top of the NASL table but here are some other interesting facts.
- Some comments on the above. Not only has Marcos Senna come to the Cosmos to be a leader on and off the field to this team but he has put his share of goals in too and shares the lead for goals with Diomar Diaz.
-It’s a little ironic that Henry Lopez who has only played 135 minutes this season has 2 goals to his credit. Similar things can be said for Alessandro Noselli who has only played 375 minutes (out of a possible 1260). This points to how deep the Cosmos really are – they will score with their starters and they will score with their bench!
Next, a couple graphics that I really like. The Cosmos have been one of the top teams in home attendance all year. I honestly thought that they would finish behind San Antonio for total average home attendance but they managed to hold onto first.
But what really speaks volumes are the average away attendance figures. The numbers show the Cosmos are tops in this as well. For all the naysayers out there who have put down the Cosmos, numbers such as these tell you that fans around the league come out to watch the Cosmos. I would be intrigued to see how these stats look next year when there are new teams into the league.
Finally, I will leave with some final figures, just because I had them. Keeping these numbers help you look within the beautiful game a little bit more. With that said, what stats would you like to see on here in 2014. Can’t wait to see more numbers next year! Let’s just hope they are mostly in the Cosmos favor!
Today the NY Cosmos announced that once they have concluded their Soccer Bowl match against the Atlanta Silverbacks this Saturday in Atlanta they will be packing their bags for Spain to play an International, Marcos Senna, Testimonial match against Villareal CF. For those newer fans of the NY Cosmos and for those not aware, Villareal is the former club of NY Cosmos midfielder MArcos Senna. They currently play in Spain’s La Liga and they are considered one of the top club teams in that league and are currently sitting in fourth place in the league behind Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
There are so many positives about this that I don’t even know where to start. As a Cosmos fan, the level of respect that a team can give a player is a testimonial match such as this. One can argue that Marcos Senna has been a irreplaceable part of this team. Not only has he been a scorer for the Cosmos, but he has been a play maker for them. On top of that, he has been a source of guidance for the many youngsters on the team and a solid core that the team has been able to build around. I’ve mentioned in previous postings how even though Senna is with the Cosmos now he will always be a part of his former Villareal Club. This match is further proof and I cannot wait to see the atmosphere that will exist on Wednesday when the two sides play each other. I’m sure that it will be one of nostalgia for Senna but at the same time one of celebration as he had many years there. It would not surprise me to see him suit up in Cosmos colors for the first half and have him switch over to Villareal yellow in the second half! Can Kyle Reynish stop Senna?
For the Cosmos this is a wonderful opportunity to go overseas and start what has always been a staple of the NY Cosmos and that is to be an international brand. The NY Cosmos of 30 years ago were part of the NASL but during the off seasons they would always participate in international friendly matches against various clubs and national teams around the world. The NY Cosmos this year started their year playing in England against Leyton Orient. Now they will have a chance to wrap up their season with a trip to Spain against Villareal.
What would be even nicer is if the Cosmos could travel to Spain with the 2013 NASL Trophy. Can you imagine the exposure that this could bring the Cosmos – the NASL Champions travel to Spain to play Villareal. Should they be successful in Spain, one could only hope that this would open the door to other friendly matches against several other clubs around the world. There has been much buzz about a friendly against Lazio, the late Giorgio Chinaglia’s former club. I would not be surprised to see the Cosmos pull off this match.
Not only does it look good for the Cosmos to simply play International Clubs, but its also an opportunity for players overseas to notice the NY Cosmos. At the same time it creates the potential for the Club to approach these international players and say “hey, have you ever thought of playing for the Cosmos?”. I mean lets remember Marcos Senna came from Spain and he has had lots of success here with the Cosmos.
While I am not trying to say that the Cosmos will be flooded with International stars in the future, you have to commend the effort that they are putting forth. They are respecting their past by taking the steps needed to get the team back to were they once were. And while they may never fully get to the level that the Cosmos were in the 70′s and 80′s, the team is focusing on building a brand that will last. Kudos to them!