Plenty of new faces on Cosmos preseason tour

New_York_Cosmos_2010.svgWith the first match of the California tour set to kick off in just two days, there’s some interesting things to keep an eye on when it comes to the Cosmos roster.

Cosmos roster:

The Cosmos unveiled their travel roster of signed players for the three matches in California:


Jimmy Maurer, Kyle Zobeck, Brian Holt


Hunter Freeman, Carlos Mendes, Rovérsio, Ayoze, David Diosa, Alexis Velela


Michael Lahoud, Andrés Flores, Sebastián Guenzatti, Danny Szetela, Ruben Bover, Adam Moffat,Juan Arango, Yohandry Orozco, Eric Calvillo, Jimmy Mulligan


Jairo Arrieta, Lucky Mkosana

Most recent signig David Ochieng did not make the trip and will meet up with the team upon their return from the San Jose game.


Non-Cosmos players:


From L-R: Eric Calvillo, Yohandry Orozco, Mike Lahoud, Alexis Velela, Niko Kranjčar (Photo: New York Cosmos)

From a photo taken at the airport before the team’s departure, Niko Kranjčar appears to have made the trip. It seems he will continue his training with the Cosmos after scoring a goal in their recent friendly with LIU. I am personally hopeful that he and the Cosmos can come to terms and a contract gets signed.

The club also released the names of three trialists currently on the tour.

Adrian Ruelas is a Mexican-American attacking player who has represented both countries at the youth level. The 24-year-old went through the Santos Laguna academy before joining the senior team. Ruelas has also been sent on loan to other Mexican sides, like Chiapas and Verazruz, and was even loaned to Celtic. However, it appears he’s had difficulty finding consistent playing time, having one Ascenso MX match played for Celaya last March.

Striker Norberto Ochoa, 25-years-old, spent last season with Mt. San Antonio College and UC Riverside. He scored seven goals and added two assists in his 14 starts (19 appearances total) for the latter

Goalkeeper Paul Blanchette, 21-years-old, spent last season with Loyola Marymount University. Named co-Goalkeeper of the Year of the West Coast Conference, Blanchette also set the school’s single season shutout record (8), became the school’s all-time leader in shutouts (19), and left with the most wins in his position in the program (26).

In another bit of interesting news, Yasmani Duk appears to have finally left Bolivia to join the Cosmos for preseason.


Yasmani Duk at the airport (Photo: Rodrigo Osorio)

Duk apparently left Bolivia yesterday and is headed to join the Cosmos in California. With Diosa continuing to be viewed as a piece further in the back, he will help stabilize a depleted forward group currently consisting of only Jairo Arrieta and Lucky Mkosana. We’ve felt that he’s looked like the most serious of current Cosmos links and it looks like it will happen.

Here’s what he had to say in his own words.


I don’t know if I see the new trialists joining the Cosmos. More likely, they’d be Cosmos B players due to their college experiences. Ruelas is interesting because he does have some experience, but can’t seem to consistently break into a line-up. Maybe the B’s help him with that.


Duk could be a phenomenal option and between him and the hunger we saw from Arrieta last week, this could lead to an exciting race for the starting striker spot, unless we see a formation change with two of them.




It is really getting real now. Team is on their way to play their first friendlies and Duk looks to be the final piece the Cosmos might add to the first team.

After signing Ochieng, I think the final item needed is another striking option and hopefully Duk comes in and then we are ready to take on the 2016 season.

We spoke to the club and right now there is no plan on the first two games being available on any platform, however, there still might be a chance we get to see the San Jose friendly. We will keep you posted on anything we hear.

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