The New York Cosmos officially opened registration for prospective youth participants in the club’s new US Soccer Development Academy teams today. Players accepted will be brought to invite-only tryouts that will take place throughout June and July, with the deadline for applications falling three days before the announced tryout date. This announcement comes on the heels of the first two inaugural signings for the U-12 team, Aidan Pericic and Simon Adjakple, both from Cosmos Academy Affiliate Auburndale SC.
This announcement shows a new stage in the growth of the New York Cosmos’ academy programs. Not only is the club looking to build on its first two inaugural signings, but it is opening up its doors to those outside of its affiliates. Whether this is due to received interest or inherent desire to expand their search, the open registration for tryouts can only be seen as a positive. In addition, open registration is a step in the right direction beyond ID sessions of the past. The club used to come looking for players, but now the players are coming to sign up at the club. There certainly must be positive feedback in order for this step to be put in place.
Head coach Giovanni Saverese told NYCosmos.com his thoughts on the open registration.
“Our intention with the Academy is to source local talent and give these players a pathway to professional soccer. These tryouts will help us find talented young players from all different backgrounds of youth soccer in the Tristate area.”
It’s well worth noting that Saverese mentions the tri-state area in his comments. To date, ID sessions for the academy had only been carried out in New York, and all Cosmos affiliates currently reside in this state as well. Certainly a positive comment regarding the scope of the Cosmos search for youth talent.
Youth Development Director Ronan Wiseman added, “We’ve held a number of Academy identification centers with our Academy Affiliate Program members and we’ve already signed our first two players. We are building a youth development program that will help young players hone their skills both on and off the pitch.”
After a long, arduous wait for academy news, 2016 is certainly proving to be a flagship year for the youth development side of the Cosmos.