This Is Cosmos Country blog, which has covered the Cosmos since the North American Soccer League team returned to competition in 2013, has decided not to continue coverage of the club.

Luis Hernandez, who runs the blog, made the announcement Thursday morning.

“Following a series of events last week, the TICC team discussed a few matters and we decided that, as an entity, TICC will not continue coverage of the club,” Hernandez wrote on his blog.

Hernandez did not go into details about the events, but there is a good chance they came from his comments on about the Cosmos’ trip to Saudi Arabia last week. The team left for Saudi Arabia a day after it had been eliminated from the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup Wednesday, May 17. It was the first time the Cosmos had been ousted by an amateur side in the competition, a 3-2 loss at Reading United AC.

For Hernandez’s comments on the trip, visit:

Here is what Hernandez said Thursday in his blog:

So long from the TICC crew

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Luis Hernandez

You may or may not have noticed how quiet we’ve been over the last few days, not posting anything after the Open Cup loss in Reading, including anything regarding the friendly match in Saudi Arabia.

That’s because we’ve decided to take a step back.

Following a series of events last week, the TICC team discussed a few matters and we decided that, as an entity, TICC will not continue coverage of the club.

We’re still fans of the on-field product: an amazing technical staff in Giovanni Savarese, Alberto Gallego, Luke Sassano, Jack Gaeta. And some of us have gotten to know the players on a personal level and we treasure those interactions.

The time, effort and investment we’ve spent have not come close to breaking even with the loss of sleep and sanity we’ve experienced since we started this project. But, we’ve been rewarded with fantastic interviews with figures from the soccer world and we’ve built some pretty incredible friendships with you all across the country.

Some have felt our coverage is too negative. Maybe they’re right. But, we’ve always tried to paint a fair picture of the club. However, watching three ownership groups and a near fatality of the team gives you a certain perspective. And we definitely stand by it.

Some of us will continue to work on our own endeavors.

By now, you are all familiar with the amazing work done by our photographers Eytan Calderon (@eytcal on Twitter) and Steve Hamlin (@stevehamlin19). Steve has also been a big part of the writing staff alongside Jordan Jacobsen (@USA_SC_Fan) and Rich Gallagher (@Gallagher_Rich). Of course, I must mention Mike Schemmel (@VivaLaShem), whose graphics helped our site take a step up.

And what can I say about Nick? He’s been a tireless part of this podcast since we started it, dabbled in writing, and has had his own unique relationship with the club. His strong opinions, strong accent and weak pronunciation skills will be missed by all. On our last show, he’d stated his plan to leave at the end of the season, so this is just an accelerated timeline for him, which he was open to. His career has taken priority over his time for extra curricular projects.

I also can’t let the efforts of others go unnoticed. Thank you Ant, Leo, and Prez.

I thank every single one of these people for all they gave. With a team this strong, every episode and every write-up was a final.

And lastly, but most importantly, thank you to the readers, listeners and supporters of this project. Without you, there was no reason to go as far as we did. Keep the faith and keep supporting the green and white.


– Luis H. (@deltareaper)





Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at