It's been a slow start to the winter for the New York Cosmos, who have seen several key players either retire or move to Philadelphia, while only adding central midfielder Michael Lahoud to the group that won the NASL title last season. They did, however, move to extend many of their core players before the season came to a close, and on Wednesday, announced similar moves involving their coaching staff.
The club announced that Assistant Coaches Carlos Llamosa and Alecko Eskandarian have been extended, along with Goalkeeper Coach, Guillermo Valencia and Fitness Coach Luis Gutierrez.. The release also confirmed that former Assistant Sporting Director Luke Sassano, has also been promoted to Technical Director. As usual with the club, specifics of the deal have not been disclosed.
Head Coach Gio Savarese was obviously excited to keep his staff together, and had the following to say about Wednesday's announcement:
"These men have played a huge part in the success we have seen over the last few years. Individually they have all achieved great things in their careers and together we plan to achieve even more success for this club."
Club CEO Erik Stover added the following comments about the extensions, and the promotion of Sassano:
"Our coaches form one of the best technical staff groups in the country. Every one of our backroom staff members has great experience within soccer domestically and abroad. What they have achieved in such a short amount of time is remarkable and I’m very pleased that they remain with this club."
The Cosmos coaching staff is clearly among the best at any level in the United States, so it's fantastic to see them continuing to keep the group together, as they chase a third title in their four years since returning. At some point, we'll likely lose several of these guys to larger roles elsewhere, but for now, it's wonderful to know that whoever the club does sign this winter will be working with the best.
Now can we sign some players, please?