Countdown to Copa: Andy Cormack Player Profile

He was born and raised in Plymouth but he’s playing for NYC Scotland. He’s a Rangers fan but he plays for St Francis College. Countdown to Copa with Andy Cormack, one mighty confused 21-year-old!

Andy’s profile is sponsored by the Down Under Bakery, maker of fantastic meat and veggie savory pies. Get a dozen delivered to your home or visit the DUB Cafe at 211 Prospect Park West (corner of 16th Street) in Brooklyn.

"Rangers fan plays for St Francis College"

“Rangers fan plays for St Francis College”

How old are you? 21

Where did you grow up? Plymouth, England

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Michael Mols

Who’s your favourite player now? Sergio Aguero

What do you do for a living? Scrounging off my parents as a student.

Which team(s) do you support? Rangers

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? NYC France

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? Andy Cormack

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Who?

What’s your favourite Scottish band? The Proclaimers

What’s the last book you read? The Dictionary

What’s your favourite drink? IRN-BRU

Countdown to Copa: David Laird Player Profile

Countdown to Copa profiles David Laird, a majestic midfielder from Motherwell, and laird of all he surveys on the pitch.

David’s profile is sponsored by the Caledonia Scottish Pub – an authentic Scottish experience on the Upper East Side and where the NYC Scotland squad will be this Sunday evening after the tournament! 

Beckham-esque pretty boy in action against England [Photo courtesy of David Hogarty]

How old are you? Mid 30′s

Where did you grow up? Motherwell

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Paul McStay and Mo Jo for a bit

Who’s your favourite player now? Scott Brown

What do you do for a living? Brand Ambassador for Balvenie

Which team(s) do you support? Scotland/Celtic

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? Not interested in who finishes first loser

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? David Beckham circa 2013

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Messi – after watching his hatrick against Brazil last year in NY. Different level than anyone else.

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Young Hips

What’s the last book you read? “Life is Local” by Des McAnulty (great new author from Motherwell)

What’s your favourite drink? Scotch for night time and Irn Bru for morning after.

Countdown to Copa: Niall Gordon Player Profile

Niall Gordon, Gordon Strachan: both ginger and both Scottish, but only one is playing up front for NYC Scotland this year!

Niall’s profile is sponsored by the Isle of Skye Scottish Pub – an authentic Scottish bar in the middle of Williamsburg and scene of this famous rendition of Loch Lomond by the NYC Scotland squad!

Sepia hides the ginger

Sepia hides the ginger

How old are you? 33 1/3

Where did you grow up? Haven’t yet

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Eoin Jess

Who’s your favourite player now? Eoin Jess

What do you do for a living? Secret agent

Which team(s) do you support? Scotland, Aberdeen

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? NYC Croatia

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? Dean Windass [Ed: he will be if he eats lots of great pies from this cafe in Brooklyn]

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Eoin Jess

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Chvrches

What’s the last book you read? Richard Gordon: Glory in Gothenburg

What’s your favourite drink? Rum [Ed: poured by Eoin Jess?]

Countdown to Copa: Calvin Moyes Player Profile

Football runs in the family for Calvin Moyes (Davie’s his uncle, in case you’re wondering).

Calvin’s profile is sponsored by the Scotch whisky company Chivas Regal. Chivas is the product of a unique place, a proud lineage of whisky makers, and more than two centuries of history.

Tough-tackling Moyes in action

Tough-tackling Moyes in action

How old are you? 18

Where did you grow up? Born in sunny Glasgow been there until last year when I moved over here to Queens.

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Duncan Ferguson

Who’s your favourite player now? Vincent Kompany – best professional

What do you do for a living? Studying at Queens College and playing football there. [Ed: we think he means soccer.]

Which team(s) do you support? Rangers, Everton, and now Manchester United because of family.

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? NYC Poland, who will be smashed by us in the final to come second.

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? Richard Dunn (has the most own goals in the EPL)

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Ronaldo

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Biffy Clyro

What’s the last book you read? Not the biggest reader [Ed: that's not the name of a book]

What’s your favourite drink? Irn Bru

Countdown to Copa: Barry Pearson Player Profile

Our next Countdown to Copa profile is Barry Pearson, the first man to spill blood for NYC Scotland – he gashed his leg playing in a friendly match v Japan and needed 22 stitches in the emergency room. Don’t worry, he has health insurance!

Barry’s profile is sponsored by the Caledonia Scottish Pub – an authentic Scottish experience on the Upper East Side and where the NYC Scotland squad will be this Sunday evening after the tournament! 

Barry bleeds for Scotland!

How old are you? Wrong side of 27

Where did you grow up? Town of Linlithgow, 20 minutes from Edinburgh city centre, Bonnie Scotland

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Despite him being English, I enjoyed watching Becks. What a right peg!

Who’s your favourite player now? Rudi Skacel – former Czech Republic international cap and destroyer of Hibs.

What do you do for a living? Accountant/CPA

Which team(s) do you support? Massive Hearts fan (we only won 5-1, thanks Rudi!)

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? Irrelevant really.

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? Goldenballs himself…

You should have seen the other lad

You should have seen the other lad

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Viva Ronaldo! But there is no denying the little Argentine has the lot.

What’s your favourite Scottish band? The View or Deacon Blue for the tune Dignity alone, classic!

What’s the last book you read? Reheated Cabbage by Irvine Welsh (keepin’ it Scottish). Can clearly tell he’s a Hibs fan through some of his anecdotes!

What’s your favourite drink? Tennent’s Tops

Countdown to Copa: Robbie Weir Player Profile

Robbie Weir, the archetypal Scottish footballer: drinks till 6am then nutmegs a Uruguayan for breakfast.

Robbie’s profile is sponsored by the Scotch whisky company Chivas Regal. Chivas is the product of a unique place, a proud lineage of whisky makers, and more than two centuries of history.

This is Robbie when he's not 'megging Latin Americans

This is Robbie when he’s not ‘megging Latin Americans

How old are you? 25

Where did you grow up? Prestwick

Who was your favourite player as a boy? I would have to say King Eric Cantona

Who’s your favourite player now? Robin Van Persie

What do you do for a living? Just a bit of coaching until the dreaded day I have to return to sunny Scotland in August.

Which team(s) do you support? Manchester United & Ayr United

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? I would go with France, Just to hear my friend Adam Maabdi who plays for France to moan about it everyday!

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? Tough one ….. would say Paul Scholes because I love to hit a diag or two (a lot better looking though) [Ed: we're not sure if he means he's better looking than Scholes or vice-versa.]

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? If it was the real R9 Ronaldo I would have said him, so I guess Messi!

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Travis, The Man Who was a good album

What’s the last book you read? Probably a book I was forced to read for a class that wasn’t on spark notes!

What’s your favourite drink? Love myself a cold Modelo these days

Countdown to Copa: Scott Lamont Player Profile

Countdown to Copa with our Hibs-supporting midfield maestro Scott Lamont, who claims the ladies love his hairdo. I guess somebody has to, eh?

Scott’s profile is sponsored by the Scotch whisky company Chivas Regal. Chivas is the product of a unique place, a proud lineage of whisky makers, and more than two centuries of history.

This is before he broke his hair

This is before he broke his hair

How old are you? 22

Where did you grow up? Was born in Inverness but grew up most of my life from Edinburgh so I consider myself from the capital.

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Zidane was always a joy to watch. And Derek Riordan for the mighty Hibs.

Who’s your favourite player now? Has to be Leigh Griffiths. He scores when we wants. Also Michael Carrick is a player I love to watch.

What do you do for a living? Currently go to Queens College and play on the team there. Going into my senior year next year so just one year left to have a big season!

Which team(s) do you support? Hibs. And Scotland (obviously)

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? Hopefully England after we come from 3-0 down in the final to win 4-3, that would be alright I guess.

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? I would say Jorge Claros at Hibs but I wouldn’t exactly say he’s well known. [Ed: too bloody right he isn't.] Maybe someone like Lucas at Liverpool.

Ronaldo or Messi? Ronaldo.

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Not really an array of options but would probably say The Proclaimers just for 500 miles and Sunshine on Leith. Actually, Paolo Nutini if he counts.

What’s the last book you read? Fabrice Muamba’s “I’m Still Standing” – good read.

What’s your favourite drink? Irn Bru. Need to get a shipment sent over soon.