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!

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“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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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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Countdown to Copa: Nathan Stockie Player Profile

Today’s Countdown to Copa victim is Nathan Stockie, who’s unique in two ways: (1) He’s the only American-born player in our squad and (2) He’s not actually in our squad. Why? Because he broke his arm just as our Copa training got going, and that’s a big problem for a goalie.

But Nathan’s helping out on the sidelines and has promised to steal us lots of free soccer gear from his employer (*) who we aren’t naming because they won’t cough up any sponsorship cash! [Note to Nathan's employer: I made this bit up, honest.]

Nathan’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!

Born in the USA!

How old are you? 22

Where did you grow up? Beaumont, Texas. Howdy!

Who was your favourite player as a boy? Craig Gordon, despite his history as a yam

Who’s your favourite player now? Stuart Holden, Scots-American

What do you do for a living? Student

Which team(s) do you support? Hibees

Scotland will win Cosmos Copa 2013. Who will come second? I’d like to say USA

Which well-known player do you think you’re most like? A hybrid of Schmeichel and Casillas

Do you prefer Ronaldo or Messi? Messi by far, won’t see him gettin an Oscar for playin football

What’s your favourite Scottish band? Honestly been in the States my whole life, can’t really recall any, The Proclaimers, they do a version of Sunshine on Leith. [Ed: we're pretty sure it's the original?]

What’s the last book you read? The Wallace

What’s your favourite drink? A nice cold Coke or Corona

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.