Cosmos confirm Guenzatti out for season, Mendes injury less serious

Sebastian Guenzatti [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Sebastian Guenzatti [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With Seba Guenzatti recently sharing that he suffered a ruptured ACL during the Ottawa Fury match, it seemed all but certain that the midfielder would be out for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Now, it’s official. 

“Seba is out for the 2016 season,” the club confirmed to TICC.

With 22 starts in 26 appearances, it’s a tough loss for the team as they make the push for both the Fall and Combined titles with a definite postseason appearance on the horizon. A regular starter on the right side of the midfield, the player netted a goal and added 2 assists in 2016. In all, he’s made 80 regular-season appearances, finding the net 10 times with 6 assists.

The club will need to make changes as a result to the midfield and the opening could present more opportunities to David Diosa, Yohandry Orozco and, lately, Lucky Mkosana.

The new got a little better when it came to Carlos Mendes who also left the Fury match early.

Carlos Mendes (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

Carlos Mendes (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

“Carlos will be training by the end of the week. Gio will make a decision on whether he plays later in the week,” a club spokesperson told TICC.

With Ochieng not in the 18 last weekend, Jimmy Mulligan moved into the right fullback role, pushing Ryan Richter inside for the remainder of the match.

Having their captain and one of the more reliable parts of the back line available to them for the late season push will be crucial and it will be a relief to the team that Mendes will be able to return.

Despite it being a road game, the timing of his recovery could be a blessing in disguise as the Cosmos travel to Jacksonville to face an Armada that has struggled to find goals in the last few games and has found only one home win all Fall.

7 thoughts on “Cosmos confirm Guenzatti out for season, Mendes injury less serious

  1. Love Seba, hometown boy who really has bloomed into a great player since 2013. I know all Cosmos Country wishes him a speedy recovery.

    • For sure Lova Seba also always hustling, creating chances for himself and others all heart out there. Wish him a speedy recovery and prayers.

      • Seba, now its time for you to focus on your surgery, your rehab and getting back onto the field with 100% confidence. Your teammates, coaches and supporters will rally around you during your recovery. On the field and off the field you are one of us. 718.

  2. Los deseos de una rápida y completa recuperación para mi compatriota Sebastián. Con el apoyo incondicional de su familia y de toda la familia del NY Cosmos, ello será muy pronto

  3. I feel so bad for the injuries to Sebastian, Roversio and Mendes and others.I truly believe some of this injuries could have been less severe if the field was grass. I Know this a controversial but if the grass is well maintained it will be less injuries. It is a fact that playing in an artificial turf soccer players or any other sport are more prone to injuries. I remember the Red bulls will not allow Thierry Henry play some games in AstroTurf. The same thing during the Open cup the NYCFC will not allow to play David Villa at Hofstra. I know that some of the NASL have no choice in the fields, but for the future of any league a requirement to joying the league the venues should be grass. Artificial turf might be all right for youth soccer but not for professional soccer.

    • Totally agree with your whole post Hugo. Any word on if the Cosmos will be selling the rights to the championship final game ? This would be devasting for me. thanks !

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