Story In Photos – New York Cosmos Train With AC Milan

The New York Cosmos & AC Milan Pose For A Group Picture In front Of Emirates Air Advetisement Prior To Their Workout

The New York Cosmos & AC Milan Pose For A Group Picture In front Of Emirates Air Advetisement Prior To Their Workout

By Cesar Trelles – July 23, 2014
Today the New York Cosmos held two workout sessions. The first was their routing morning work out. The second, was an afternoon session with Italian Serie A side, AC Milan.

With AC Milan in the United States for the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament, Emirates Air was pivotal in getting the two teams to practice together in a dual training session at Mitchell Athletic Field Complex today. The workout was not extensive and was brief. The workout was not adversed but the Cosmos and that was evidenced by the closed door nature feel of the practice. Roughly 100 spectators were on hand to see the two sides workout for about one hour.

Nevertheless, for those fortunate enough to attend, it was exciting to see stars like Keisuke Honda, Stephan El Shaararwy, Michael Eissen, Sulley Muntari and of course the one and only Mario Balotelli amongst others. AC Milan departed swiftly after the workout session as they had to be hurried to JFK Airport for a flight that will take them to Toronto. Once there, they will be playing Greek side Olympiakos, in their first match as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.

I have been around the Cosmos for about a year and there were noticeable differences with respect to AC Milan. First off, they had a separate bus for the equipment crew and support staff. None of the players carried any of their bags. I was definitely awe struck at seeing the way the trainers handled Mario Balotelli. He really only practiced with his team for 10 minutes. The rest of time he was off to the side, stretching and running with separate trainers. To some extent, some of the coaches seemed a bit standoffish about the training session. Was Mitchell Field too small or were there too many media clamoring for pictures of the team? But what I enjoyed seeing most about AC Milan was how accommodating they were. After their workout they stayed and signed several autographs and took pictures with young kids who did not get to attend the closed door practice. Definitely a treat for the young kids.

For the Cosmos it was a thrill to be on the same pitch as AC Milan. Clearly having Emirates Air as one of your sponsors has its advantages. We already have seen the team fly business class to Dubai to play their preseason there. Today we saw them take on another Emirates club in AC Milan. Once can only dream and wonder in awe, that if the Cosmos ever get their own stadium, what other Emirates sponsored teams might make appearances at the home of the Cosmos. Arsenal, Real Madrid, Olympiacos, Paris Saint Germain, Hamburger SV and of course AC Milan all proudly display Fly Emirates across their chests.

Here are some pictures from today’s training session – enjoy!

Mario Balotelli and AC Milan pose for picture with the NY Cosmos. Photo Credit - Cesar Trelles

Mario Balotelli and AC Milan pose for picture with the NY Cosmos.
Photo Credit – Cesar Trelles

Emirates Air Cousins - AC Milan & The New York Cosmos. Photo Credit - NY Cosmos

Emirates Air Cousins – AC Milan & The New York Cosmos.
Photo Credit – NY Cosmos

AC Milan/NY Cosmos Family Portrait Is So Large, it had to be taken in two pieces - here;s the left side.  Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

AC Milan/NY Cosmos Family Portrait Is So Large, it had to be taken in two pieces – here;s the left side.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

And here's the right side.  Photo Credit - Cesar Trelles

And here’s the right side.
Photo Credit – Cesar Trelles

Super Mario receiving instructions before working out. Photo Credit - Cesar Trelles

Super Mario receiving instructions before working out.
Photo Credit – Cesar Trelles

Hans Denissen Taking Part In the Dual Workout Today. Photo Credit - Cesar Trlles

Hans Denissen Taking Part In the Dual Workout Today.
Photo Credit – Cesar Trlles

AC Milan Workout Out @ Mitchell Athletic Complex. Photo Credit - Cesar Trelles

AC Milan Workout Out @ Mitchell Athletic Complex.
Photo Credit – Cesar Trelles

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Mario Balotelli During Workout. Photo Credit - Cesar Trelles

Mario Balotelli During Workout.
Photo Credit – Cesar Trelles

Andres Flores was working out with his new team today! Photo Credit - Cesar Trelles

Andres Flores was working out with his new team today!
Photo Credit – Cesar Trelles

Hans Denissen & Ayoze working out. Photo Credit - Cesar Trelles

Hans Denissen & Ayoze working out.
Photo Credit – Cesar Trelles

Jimmy Maurer getting work in too today. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Jimmy Maurer getting work in too today.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

AC Milan workout in full tilt. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

AC Milan workout in full tilt.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

AC Milan PLayers In Full Action. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

AC Milan PLayers In Full Action.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Senator Jack Martins was in attendance today as well. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Senator Jack Martins was in attendance today as well.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Even fans that could not make it in found a way to get a glimpse of their favorite players. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Even fans that could not make it in found a way to get a glimpse of their favorite players.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Coach Gio Savarese thanks a small group of Cosmos Supporters in attendance. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Coach Gio Savarese thanks a small group of Cosmos Supporters in attendance.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Classy Move By The Cosmos PLayers To Come Over To Thank Those Supporters. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Classy Move By The Cosmos PLayers To Come Over To Thank Those Supporters.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

With Supporters. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

With Supporters.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Andres Garcia meets the Five Points For the first time. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Andres Garcia meets the Five Points For the first time.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Seba Guenzatti makes a new young fan. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Seba Guenzatti makes a new young fan.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Mario Balotelli doing wind sprints. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Mario Balotelli doing wind sprints.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Balotelli Taking A Breather. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Balotelli Taking A Breather.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Wrapping Up His Workout for the day. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Wrapping Up His Workout for the day.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Fans that couldn't get in waited outside the gates to get a glimpse of their favorite players. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Fans that couldn’t get in waited outside the gates to get a glimpse of their favorite players.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Mads Stokkelien & Hans Denissen After Their Workout. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Mads Stokkelien & Hans Denissen After Their Workout.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Honda poses for some selfless. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Honda poses for some selfless.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Michael Essien after practice. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Michael Essien after practice.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Mads Stokkelien being interviewed after practice. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Mads Stokkelien being interviewed after practice.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Concussion and all - Jimmy Ockford was at the session but DID NOT practice. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Concussion and all – Jimmy Ockford was at the session but DID NOT practice.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

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Gio all Smiles after practice. Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

Gio all Smiles after practice.
Photo Credit- Cesar Trelles

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  1. With the Emirates Air connections again paying dividends for the Cosmos. The many Emirates sponsored teams could be using NYC as their home base when arriving in North America four a summer tour.
    City and the nearby city powers to be would be smart as bringing the top clubs with the top platyers to NYC Metro area on a regular basis would bring even more world wide attention to the Big Apple.
    Once they allow the Cosmos to build stadium and practice complex

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