The New York Cosmos are currently on a three-game winning streak, a five-game unbeaten streak, and a 14 home game unbeaten streak entering their Wednesday night match against Indy, but could face some serious obstacles in the form of unavailable manpower for the match.
With the recent national team call-ups Andres Flores (El Salvador), David Ochieng (Kenya), Yasmani Duk (Bolivia) and Eric Calvillo (US U-19s) have received, it remains unclear who will definitely be out for the match against Indy on Wednesday.
“I haven’t done the math yet,” said Head Coach Giovanni Savarese to reporters at post-match on Saturday. “I’ll worry closer to the match and start seeing how many players we have and then, at that point, we’ll figure things out.”
injuries and a red card had limited the Cosmos bench to five available substitutions on Saturday. The club was further impacted by the loss of Carlos Mendes who left in the second half of their victory over the Carolina RailHawks with a high ankle sprain as Savarese shared after the match.
“We are evaluating him,” he told reporters in post-match. “At the moment it doesn’t look very good. It looks a little bit worse than we expected. The doctors are evaluating him and hopefully it’s going to be better than we are thinking right now that might be.”
It’s uncertain who will be here, but with the call-ups removed and Carlos Mendes not taken into account, this leaves the 3 goalkeepers plus 15 outfield players available, although it should be noted that Roversio was said to be week-to-week by the coach just last week, Yohandry Orozco’s status is unclear, and Alexis Velela has been recovering from injury that kept him from joining Calvillo abroad.
Regardless of any situation with the roster, a match against Indy will certainly be a challenge. The game will serve as a test of the Cosmos roster depth.