Cosmos reboot begins with a win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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Alessandro Noselli’s second-half goal gave the newest incarnation of the New York Cosmos its first official win as the Cosmo’s opened its North American Soccer League (NASL) season with a 2-1 win over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.

While it wasn’t a sellout of the  Meadowlands, like the Cosmos did back in its heyday, an impressive 11,929 people showed up to Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University Saturday night for the Cosmos’ season opener and the first meeting between the New York and Ft. Lauderdale since  May 8, 1983, when the Cosmos beat the Strikers a 3-2 win at Giants Stadium.

With legends Pele, Carlos Alberto, and the late Giorgio Chinaglia, who was represented by his son George, honored before the game, it was a star-studded opening match. And, although, the crowds didn’t come in droves, the original legends of American soccer would have been proud with the turnout for a team without its own stadium, yet, and that has been built from the ashes in just a few years.

The impressive early attendance numbers for the Cosmos show there is interest and a fan base that wants to see the team succeed already. And if the team can keep its attendance numbers up and show that it can put a quality product on the field, it will only be time before the Cosmos compete against NYFC and the New York Red Bulls for the king of New York crown in Major League Soccer. Hopefully, it happens sooner rather than later.

First, though, the Cosmos need to establish itself as a viable franchise before MLS Commissioner Don Garber sanctions such a move.

For now, the hope is that Cosmos’ Chairman Seamus O’Brien and Garber continue to stay in constant contact, that the Cosmos can continue to drum up interest from fans in and around New York with its iconic global brand, and keep bringing soccer legends to play in American, which the team recently did by signing Villarreal midfielder Marco Senna. Because really, there is no place like the Cosmos for a players like Senna to play out the rest of their careers. It’s only fitting the Euro 2008 winner closes out the final chapter in his career in New York with the team that other greats have flocked to American to play for.

Soccer in American needs the Cosmos not only for the team’s mythology and history, but also for its international pull, which would be another welcomed boost to MLS’s marketing campaign as one of the best professional leagues in the world.

VIDEO: Hamburg’s Muller out seven months after goal celebration

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Nicolai Mueller has gone full Gramatica, in doing so putting extra pressure on American teammate Bobby Wood.

Muller scored the lone goal in Hamburg’s season-opening win over Augsburg, but his celebration recalled memories of an injury to former Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica.

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Muller’s “helicopter” goal celebration, a staple for the midfielder, saw him tear his ACL upon landing near the corner flag. He’s set to miss seven months.

That means even more of the scoring burden will fall on Wood, whose nine goals last season led the team in its race to avoid relegation. Muller’s five goals were tied for second with Austrian forward Michael Gregoritsch.

Here’s the Hamburg hierarchy, from Bundesliga.com:

“The diagnosis comes as a huge shock to us, it’s a big blow at the start of the season and obviously is really tough on Nicolai,” said Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt. “We wish him all the best for his recovery and, of course, will support him as best we can.”

“It’s bad news,” added HSV head coach Markus Gisdol. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Muller has thrice scored eight or more Bundesliga goals, and is a huge loss for Hamburg. Though it’s tempting to chasten a player who’s hurt while celebrating a goal, there’s always a part of us that wants to point out that the ligament probably wasn’t in the finest shape if it earned a tear on such a non-explosive landing.

New Zealand star striker Wood to leave Leeds for Burnley

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Chris Wood is undergoing a medical at Burnley ahead of a proposed $19.2 million move from Leeds United.

Wood, 25, has played briefly for two Premier League clubs, West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City, but saw his stock explode thanks to a 27-goal campaign in the Championship this season.

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Burnley hopes the 6-foot-3 Wood can help replace Andre Gray, who left for Watford. The Clarets beat Chelsea on Opening Weekend and were unlucky to lose against West Brom on Saturday.

He’s also scored in his lone Championship appearance this season, and has thrice earned promotion; Wood helped West Brom and Leicester to the Premier League, and Brighton and Hove Albion to League One.

Wood has for some time been a star on the New Zealand national team, scoring 20 goals in 52 caps since 2009. He’s a perfect fit for Sean Dyche‘s playing style. The only question is whether he can bring his prowess to the Premier League level.

Stream Live: Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United

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Huddersfield Town looks to stay perfect in the Premier League when it hosts Newcastle United at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Town handled Crystal Palace 3-0 in its first match since earning promotion from the Championship, powered by a brace from 22-year-old ex-Montpellier striker Steve Mounie.

USMNT midfielder Danny Williams is on the bench for Town, which is managed by ex-USMNT player David Wagner.

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Newcastle United, meanwhile, fell 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. The clubs were scoreless through 50 minutes when Jonjo Shelvey stamped on Dele Alli and earned a red card.

He sits Sunday, and will be replaced by Borussia Dortmund loanee Mikel Merino.

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Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Smith, Billing, Schindler, Zanka, Lowe, Mooy, Van La Parra, Kachunga, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Coleman, Malone, Lolley, Williams, Quaner, Hefele, Palmer.

Newcastle United: Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Mbemba, Clark; Ritchie, Merino, Hayden, Atsu; Perez, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Saivet, Aarons, Diame, Murphy, Joselu, Mitrovic.

MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-3 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Greg Vanney and Toronto keep on doing their thing, and the Canadian side is yet another step closer to achieving MLS glory. TFC picked up its 50th point of the season on Saturday night after comfortably handling the Chicago Fire, who have cooled off significantly as of late in the Eastern Conference. The Fire are now nine points behind the East leaders and are losers of four of their last five matches.

Three moments that mattered

54′ — Accam, Fire level it up — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from everybody…

64′ — Hasler nets first MLS goal — Toronto really does manage to get contributions from all of their players…

90′ — Giovinco says goodnight to Chicago — That’s 12 goals on the season for Sebastian Giovinco and the TFC striker continues to help his side push towards the top seed in the East and MLS.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco

Goalscorers: Marco Delgado (14′), David Accam (54′), Nick Hasler (63′), Sebastian Giovinco (90′)