Cosmos Copa 2013 – The Story of Scotland

A couple of weeks back the NYC Scotland team played in the 2013 Cosmos Copa, the first time they’d played in the prestigious tri-state “World Cup”.

Read why our central defender’s father thinks he’s a #fairy, why the French liked our entrance, and how we finished above the Auld Enemy…

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Crossing the bridge

Support NYC Scotland in the Cosmos Copa

Support the NYC Scotland soccer team this weekend as we embark on our first ever Cosmos Copa campaign…

We’re a good bunch of guys, we really do play attractive football, and we would love your support this Sunday (23rd) when we play in the group stage of the Cosmos Copa – New York’s World Cup.

The weather’s going to be sunny and you’ll enjoy it. See below for timetable and directions, as well as online options for following along.

Hope to see you there. Bring flags, wear the colours, and tell funny stories for the TV crew that’s filming us!

TIMETABLE

9am – meet at the Randalls Island footbridge (103rd & FDR) to get piped across the bridge and into the tournament

10.20am – NYC Scotland v NYC Gambia (All games are 50 minutes plus up to five minutes of injury time)

1.50pm – NYC Scotland v NYC England (If you can only make one match, make this one)

4pm – NYC Scotland v NYC Paraguay

6pm – win, lose, or draw (but especially if we win!) party at our sponsor bar, the Caledonia Scottish Pub (2nd Av b/w 83rd & 84th)

HOW TO GET TO RANDALLS ISLAND

- Click here for a Google Map

- 6 train to 103rd Street, walk along 102nd to the FDR, cross the bridge and follow the road along the south side of the island. Approx. 20 minute walk.

- drive or taxi from 125 St – go through the Triboro/RFK toll, bear right, take the Randalls Island exit, turn right at the T junction and we’ll be on your right

- M35 bus from 125 St

- from Queens – best to drive or take a car service

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, FOLLOW US ONLINE

Find us on Facebook or follow us on twitter @NYCScotland (we’ll be live tweeting throughout the day)

 

Countdown to Copa: Malcolm Anderson Player Profile

Malcolm “Malky” Anderson is our other player/coach. If you ever see a guy in a luminous pink shirt suing a policeman in court, that’s probably our man Malky.

Malky’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! 

We all love Malky's pink shirt. No, really.

We all love Malky’s pink shirt. No, really.

How old are you? 31

Where did you grow up? Edinburgh, Scotland

Who was your favourite player as a boy? I always had a penchant for the steady no-frills goalkeeping of Rene Higuita. I always tried to model my game, and hair, on the Colombian shot-stopper.

Who’s your favourite player now? Hearts legend, Ruuuddddiiii Skacel – scored in his last game for the JT’s in a 5-1 victory over Hibs in the Scottish Cup Final. Just in case any Hibs fans missed that, it was 5-1, yes 5-1.

What do you do for a living? I sue cops

Which team(s) do you support? Heart of Midlothian FC, the great bastion of financial prudence.

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? Do San Marino have a team?

Used to contain cold beer

Used to contain cold beer

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? As a goalkeeper, I think I most resemble the Dutch forward Robin Van Persie.

Ronaldo or Messi? Messi

What’s your favourite Scottish band? The Corries

What’s the last book you read? Shoot Annual 1987/88 [Ed: Glad to see our coaching staff is keeping up to date with the evolution of modern soccer tactics.]

What’s your favourite drink? Chilled pint of beer

Countdown to Copa: Mark Wilson Player Profile

Countdown to Copa today with NYC Scotland player and co-coach Mark Wilson, an ageing buckie-drinking ‘Ton supporter who thinks he resembles a certain Seaman-lobbing Brazilian. (We think he’s been drinking too many of those buckies!) Mark’s profile is actually 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!

mark-wilson

“Telt ye, dead ringer for Ronaldinho”

How old are you? 63, still got it! Where did you grow up? Fairlie, Ayrshire Who was your favourite player as a boy? King Kenny Who’s your favourite player now? Kerr Wilson, my lad What do you do for a living? Recruitment Director at United Soccer Academy Which team(s) do you support? Greenock Morton FC Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? Who cares? Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? Ronaldinho, he looks just like me Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Never heard of them, are they Scottish? [Ed: sadly not.] What’s your favourite Scottish band? Tough one, I like Paulo Nutini at the moment What’s the last book you read? Oor Wullie, 1985 What’s your favourite drink? Buckfast, straight out the bottle of course

Countdown to Copa: David Sheridan Player Profile

 

David Sheridan doesn’t read books and plays soccer like Bobo Balde. You decide which is the bigger crime against humanity in our next Countdown to Copa.

David’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.

Launching a precision cross – straight into an English face [Photo courtesy of David Hogarty]

How old are you? 19

Where did you grow up? Glasgow

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Henrik Larsson

Who’s your favourite player now? Lionel Messi

What do you do for a living? Student

Which team(s) do you support? Celtic

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

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? With my immense trickery and attacking skills I would say Messi or Ronaldo but other people have compared me to a young Bobo Baldé due to the occasional dodgy pass

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Messi

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Not a band but Calvin Harris

What’s the last book you read? What’s a book?

What’s your favourite drink? Anything non-alcohlic because I’m an athlete! [Ed: we know this is a lie] 

Countdown to Copa: Barrie Taylor Player Profile

Barrie Taylor is a big barry boy who batters defences for breakfast. Countdown to Copa with our no-longer-young Theo-Walcott-a-like striker.

Barrie’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! 

No club colors in NYC Scotland!

No club colors in NYC Scotland!

How old are you? No longer young

Where did you grow up? Stupid Chips [Ed: Dumfries]

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Paul McStay was excellent as a 7 year old…oh you mean when I was a boy?!

Who’s your favourite player now? Joe Ledley

What do you do for a living? Keep people out of hospitals and infirmaries

Which team(s) do you support? Celtic

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? Not sure, but England will lose on penalties at some point [Ed: Only if they qualify as best runner-up in the group stage]

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? Theo Walcott

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Messi

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Idlewild

What’s the last book you read? Wanted Man by Lee Child

What’s your favourite drink? Moonshine

NYC Scotland Press Release

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Contact: @NYCScotland or info@tartanarmynyc.com

NYC SCOTLAND “READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD” IN COSMOS COPA SOCCER TOURNAMENT

(New York, NY) June 20, 2013

New York’s best Scottish soccer talent is set to make its debut appearance in the Cosmos Copa tournament this Sunday, 23 June, where they will face teams representing Gambia, England, and Paraguay.

The Copa tournament, run by the famous New York Cosmos soccer club, is now in its fifth year and has established itself as one of the area’s premier soccer events bringing together players representing nations as diverse as Mali, Afghanistan, and Bolivia.

“The boys have been working hard since April,” said NYC Scotland president Colin Reid. “They’ve been training on Tuesday nights and playing matches against other Copa teams on Sundays. We’re ready to take on the world.”

NYC Scotland have recruited from local leagues and colleges, picking up young players on scholarships to NCAA Division I and II schools as well as experienced hands from the top divisions of the Cosmopolitan League.

However the Scots were dealt a blow this week when it emerged that star left winger Scott Cowan had been signed by the New York Red Bulls academy, ruling him out of the tournament.

Against this, ex-Livingston full-back Ruaridh Caulfield became a late addition to the squad and midfielder Barry Pearson – who needed 22 stitches after gashing his leg in a friendly against NYC Japan – has been confirmed fit to play.

“There’s a good team spirit about the squad now,” said co-coach Malcolm Anderson. Fellow coach Mark Wilson said the side need to play “simple football” which would highlight the team’s strengths in passing and movement.

NYC Scotland’s matches will be played on Randalls Island fields 75 and 83. They play NYC Gambia at 10.20am, NYC England at 1.50pm, and NYC Paraguay at 4pm. The winner of the group automatically qualifies for the group stage final 16 along with the single best runner-up from the seven qualifying groups.

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