The New York Cosmos will be losing two key players this winter, as both Marcos Senna and Raul Gonzalez are retiring following the North American Soccer League season. Head coach Gio Savarese confirmed on Tuesday that a possible replacement for Raul is already training with the team, however, as Greece international Georgios Samaras remains in New York, training with the club.
"He has been training with us. He trains with us everyday. He’s with us at practices and right now the situation is that he is in New York. He’s having a few days in New York. He wanted to have a place to train; he feels very comfortable training with us. He’s getting back his strength and getting back to top shape."
Samaras was linked to the Cosmos for most of the summer, after his contract with West Bromwich Albion expired. The club wasn't able to add the Greek attacker this summer, however, largely due to the restrictions put in place by US Soccer involving international players.
At this point, I'd be fairly surprised if Samaras didn't sign with the Cosmos shortly after the season comes to an end, once several international roster slots open up. For now, though, he'll have to sit back and watch as his probable future teammates try to hoist some silverware.