As a soccer fan living in New York City, I am very excited to see The New York Cosmos coming back to life. As a matter of fact, I see the Cosmos coming back as the best thing that ever happened to U.S soccer, besides of winning the World Cup. Not only does this create the first serious soccer rivalry in American soccer, Cosmos also has the ability to draw international business attention to American soccer. Not only that, but the opportunity to attract superstars and increase the sports national and international “flair” will dramatically increase. Unlike other major sports in the U.S. such as “football” and baseball, soccer is a sport that is catching Global attention and for U.S. soccer catching that kind of attention would be an incredible business opportunity. That, in the long run, can’t be met by “football” or baseball. Continue reading →
Eric Cantona is right. When you travel the country and you see all the talent, there is no doubt it will happen one day. The talent is there, and was 10 years ago, the clubs are there, the intention is there and the desire is growing. With Juergen Klinsmann the U.S. now has a coach that can bring a few important things on its way. What needs to be done, is changing the structures and adjust to a more competitive system. That will take some time, but in the meantime the young players are growing. If you want to measure it, if we can add 10-15% better performance to what we have, we have a top team. In the long run, the U.S. will be on top of the ranks.
The New York Cosmos have the right idea and they are working hard to make things happen for them and U.S. soccer. The Cosmos coming back, can be the best thing for U.S. soccer.
This weekend’s final was the closing event of the 2011 Cosmos Copa. The tournament, first played in 2009, has reached a high level of soccer and in the future could easily become a top event for soccer agents and clubs in search for talent. Not only that, but the event, due to its incredible reach into all ethnic and cultural groups in New York City, has the ability to reach millions of New Yorkers and might turn into a major multicultural event in the city.
On the soccer side, Poland won this year’s “NYC world championship”. And the Polish deserved the win. No other team matched playing ability, physical and mental strength better than the Polish. This weekend’s semi final and final seem to proof this theory. In Saturday’s semi final the Polish met the English, and just like in the big soccer world, it seems the Polish are always good for an English nightmare. I still remember the game in London’s Wembley Stadium during the 1970 world cup qualifier, when the Polish in the deciding game won 2-0 at the English holy ground of soccer and the English missed the world cup. Saturday’s game ended in a shoot out and the Polish emerged as the winner due to their patience and keeping the game high at all time.
Sunday’s final Poland – Senegal ended on the same note. While Senegal played excellent soccer throughout the tournament, when their playing and physical abilities were matched, the mental department left them hanging and the Polish 3-1 win after a Senegal lead reflected that. While the Polish were able to keep their game at a high level, Senegal lost their game over unnecessary discussions with the referee and the following distractions from off the field and on the field. While most of the Senegal players within an hour after the game realized “why”, it appeared that some others and some supporters are still suffering from all the defeat. Right after the game, their coach gave them a good speech to learn from. If they are real soccer players, they will take their coaches advice and come back next year to give it another shot. Good enough soccer players they are, that’s for sure.
Eight teams are fighting for their chance to reach the COSMOS COPA’s semi final on July 23rd. As the tournament is enjoying growing popularity, the quality of soccer has improved as the group stages clearly displayed. Tommy Smyth, ESPN’s Irish soccer expert supports this view, “compared to last year, the quality of the games has tremendously improved”.
The tournament is only played for the third time and has an incredible potential to become the major cultural event in New York City. 30 community based “national teams” went into the qualifying rounds and 16 qualified for the group stages. Surprisingly, some of the major soccer countries and World Cup winners Continue reading →