NY Minute: Cosmos Mania!, Klinnsman adds Loyd, Red Bull Updates, FC New York Playoff Hopes Dashed, And More

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Do you think a 6-0 drubbing zapped the wind out of the New York Cosmos sails? Think again. Many around England are waking up to game reviews for the Scholes Testimonial, and the positive feedback is, quite frankly, overwhelming;

Farewell To A Genius

Scholes Goes Out In Style

Scholes Magical Goal

In fact, what the Cosmos did not achieve on the pitch they certainly earned in gesture. For many, the honor of having a legend like Pele, and a returning hero in Eric Cantona playing the foil for Scholes Testimonial was all they needed to accept and enjoy the evening. The magic would only be compounded by Scholes individual brilliance for the opening tally, which in and of itself was a snapshot of the talent that endeared United fans to him for over 15 years.

At the end of the day, this night was about Scholes, and the Cosmos did their part in making that the focus.

Well, maybe a little too well.

Now, reports are beginning to surface about future games involving the Cosmos. Paul Kemsley‘s number two man, Terry Byrne, has claimed overtures have been made by many teams, including Chelsea and Tottenham, to host matches for next preseason in England.

Domestically, the Las Vegas Journal reports the Cosmos have already agreed to a preseason tournament dubbed “The Winter Kick.” To be held at Sam Boyd stadium in Vegas, the Cosmos will be set to join possible Mexican, South American, and even MLS invitee’s in this unique preseason venture. Remember, this will be the first semi-official preseason for the Cosmos as well with their u-23 side scheduled to officially join the PDL next season.

Overall, the train keeps chugging for the Cosmos ownership group, and this latest round of publicity will only fortify what will be a strong portfolio to include the organization as Major League Soccer’s next expansion team.

Here are some more headlines for you to check out in this weeks “New York Minute:”

KLINSMANN ADDS ZACH LOYD

With an extra spot to fill in his roster, Jurgen Klinsmann has dipped into Major League Soccer to pull out one of the more promising, if not over looked, players in the league. F.C. Dallas defender Zach Loyd has found his way into Klinsmann’s selection for next weeks epic showdown against Mexico. Loyd, 24, made his international debut against Chile on January 22nd of this year.

RED BULL CALL UPS … AGAIN

Both Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo have been called to the U.S. national side, where they will face a familiar foe. Mexico’s Rafa Marquez has been summoned as well for to play the villian in Klinsmann’s first game as the U.S. head coach. One look at Mexico’s roster and you can see that America’s southern soccer rival plans to rain on the U.S. parade.

Rounding up the call ups, former starting keeper Bouna Coundoul will feature for Senegal, hoping to replicate the outstanding effort he put in against Cameroon a few short weeks ago in a 0-0 draw.

All four players should be back for the Red Bulls / Chicago Fire clash next week.

RED BULLS – INJURY UPDATES

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Luke Rodgers has been an unexpected boost to the attacking corps since his arrival in New York. His latest bout with plantar fasciitis may put an end to all that. Rodgers will miss tonight’s RSL match, and will be evaluated to measure his ability to play the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Chris Albright is finally back on track, and should be seeing starting minutes tonight. Keep in mind – Dane Richard’s red card may make it so Albright plays the right defender, and Solli moves up to Dane’s spot.

Joel Lindpere rounds up the bunch, listed as questionable with a back strain, but is expected to play.

Brian Nielsen is out. Of course.

FRANK ROST – INJURED BY AIRLINES

Here is a problem I can totally relate to; Red Bulls keeper Frank Rost was been suffering with a rather unique injury. Since coming back from the Emirates Cup competition, Rost has had a nagging strained leg that he has been dealing with. Could it have been from playing two games in two days? Perhaps a practice collision gone awry?

Nah. Why would it be? Instead, Rost picked up this injury while on the plane. MLSSoccer reports the German’s ailment, claiming his seats “caused Rost’s quadriceps muscle to cramp.” This will not, however, rule him out from today’s clash against RSL.

After traveling from China to the U.S. two years ago and suffering a neck cramp for nearly 3 months, I sympathize with the big man. Maybe Backe and Soler can upgrade the DP to first class next time; more leg room that way.

WAG GONE WILD – JANELLE JOHNSON

Here is an interesting story from one of my favorite, enigmatic American forwards. Eddie Johnson, formerly of Fulham FC, was spotted at a Palm Coast hotel in Florida while walking alongside a lady friend.

The problem? The lady friend wasn’t his wife. Here is how the story goes; Janelle Johnson, Eddie’s wife, receives a call from her friend saying she just saw Eddie Johnson with a female companion. Janelle hopped into her Jeep Cherokee with her five year old child and staked out the hotel, where she spotted Eddie’s red Chevy Caamaro.

After various attempts to call him, she sees Eddie with said lady friend and becomes enraged. With her daughter in the car, Janelle loses it. She rams her Jeep Cherokee into Eddie’s car to make her feelings known. And boy, that is one hell of a way of showing it.

The result of this mess? Janelle was arrested, and charged with felony criminal mischief and felony child abuse according to a published report from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. She was released after posting $3,000 bail.

IT’S OVER: FC NEW YORK OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS

A respectable scoreless tie on the road against a decent Harrisburg City Islanders side would usually be a decent result, especially considering the devastating month of July FC New York endured. Instead, their efforts, much like their season, fell short of expectations, mathematically eliminating FCNY from a USLPro playoff birth. The fledgling organization, currently mired in a 0-6-2 winless skid, has accumulated an overall record of 4-11-7. Their final home game is August 7th against the Rochester Rhino’s before they end the season August 10th against Dayton in Miami.


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  • David Johnson

    FC New York is shambolic. Their ownership is truly clueless in every sense of the word, and doesn’t understand soccer, the sport, or the freakin culture.

    Check this out – the Borough Boys called them out for banning the supporters this season. That is just a glimpse into their incompetence.

    http://www.thisiscosmoscountry.com/2011/06/banned-in-belson.html#more

    • Rob

      The Borough Boys got banned for ignoring the requests of the front office.

      Imagine my surprise that thisiscosmocountry would spin it that the poor innocent Borough Boys didn’t do anything wrong.


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