U.S. Soccer’s decision to allow various clubs into this season’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has created the opportunity for more matches to be played.
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On Monday, the USSF announced that Miami FC 2, New York Cosmos B and Jacksonville Armada will each be eligible to participate in this season’s tournament, but must compete in play-in matches in order to reach the final competition.
The matches will be played over May 5/6 weekend, although the times and locations of the fixtures are yet to be determined.
Both Jacksonville and Miami will take on PDL opposition in their play-in matches, facing The Villages SC and FC Miami City, respectively, while Cosmos B will take on NPSL side Brooklyn Italians.
Walking through the pub after a post-match party on Sunday, a friend said something I wasn’t expecting.
“Hey, did you hear Steve Nash was registered in our league?”
Come on. Really? Steve Nash, professional soccer player?
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Sure enough, New York might finally see Steve Nash in its colors… just not for the Knicks. Stephen Nash, born February 7, 1974, is right there on the New York Cosmos B roster. The National Premier Soccer League has both amateur and professional teams in its ranks.
The surefire NBA Hall of Fame point guard retired from basketball this offseason, and the 41-year-old is trying to make a breakthrough in another love of his: soccer.
Head to the NPSL page and there he is: Name No. 36 on a 46-man roster that includes Haji Wright, Adam Moffat, John Neeskens and Dan Szetela.
The NY Daily News has the report. The Cosmos B can afford to risk a few minutes on Nash, considering they are 8-0-1 with a plus-34 goal differential under head coach Alecko Eskandarian.
Nash is a co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, at 6-foot-3, he’d go from one of the smaller guys on the court to a bigger guy on the pitch.