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NYC Croatia Will Make Their Cosmos Copa Debut This Saturday

Cesar Diaz@@gritwriterCorrespondent IIJune 16, 2011

Photograph courtesy of Cosmos Copa
Photograph courtesy of Cosmos Copa

New York, NY—One thing fantastic about living in New York City is that you can visit the world. All you need is a Metrocard and a bus/subway map, and you're off.  

With the Cosmos Copa NYC 2011 kicking off this weekend on Saturday, June 18th at the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn, I've made it a point to learn about as many of the Cosmos Copa Teams as I can.

Along with learning about the team itself, I wanted for the team to make a recommendation of where's a good place to eat and grab a drink.

Cosmos Copa Team Croatia will make their debut when they face Sweden on Saturday at the Parade Grounds. Their match will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Field 11. A victory guarantees Croatia will continue their quest of winning the Cosmos Copa NYC 2011.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to observe NYC Croatia practice. Basically, I shadowed Team President Tommy Radalj who taught me the ins and outs of running a Cosmos Copa Team. Very insightful and tons of responsibility and communication with so many different parties.

Now to the team itself. I believe in any competition, there's always an intimate moment between both combatants/opponents. There's that eye contact, and you're able to tell if that individual you're starring across has the guts to continue. I made a lot of eye contact with the players and I'm telling you right...Team Croatia is a team that will not quit.

Bottom line is this: any team that foolishly underestimates them will lose. Team Croatia has a beautiful passing game... 2-3 touch pass. Their players look like they have no reservation of being physical with their opponents.

Along with their tactics, the players appear in sync. Much like Professor X or Aquaman, they don't have to vocally communicate with each other.

One thing I observed with this team (that's very difficult to teach) is that they can adapt and improvise on any game-like situation that's presented. Really amazing and I look forward to seeing them in competition!

Here's Cosmos Copa Team Croatia's profile in their own words:

Team Name: NYC Croatia

Team Nickname: Vatreni (translates to the fiery, blazing, burning passion in our hearts)

Players to watch: Tommy & Kris Bistre, Dynamic Brother Combination

Type of Soccer Formation: 4-4-2

Community team is based from: Proud to be from every borough as well as CT & NJ, although we are primarily based in Astoria, Queens.

Best sports bar in your Community: Café Bar Scorpio

Best place to go for a meal in your Community: Veslo

Best Alcoholic Beverage from your Country: Karlovacko

To follow NYC Croatia, please go to their facebook page: Croatia Cosmos Copa

Thank you, NYC Croatia, and I wish the best of luck this Saturday!

Cesar Diaz covers Soccer for LatinoSports.com. He also writes for 5 Points Press & USSoccerPlayers.com ; your source for American Soccer news brought to you by members of the U.S. National Team. Easily accessible, you may reach Cesar at cesar@latinosports.com and at Twitter at @CoveringSoccer.

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