Cosmos Training Notebook: Oguchi Onyewu, NASL Trophy, Hunter Freeman, and more

NASL Fall Trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

NASL Fall Trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Thursday, the New York Cosmos were presented with their Fall Season Champions Trophy by NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. Peterson mentioned how it seems that “I have more photos next to Carlos than my wife”, and continued on to compliment the Cosmos on their consistency and professionalism.

Commissioner Bill Peterson presents the award to Captain Carlos Mendes [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Commissioner Bill Peterson presents the award to Captain Carlos Mendes [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

“The Cosmos’ Fall Season title is a tribute to the way the organization is run and the system that Giovanni Savarese and his staff have in place,” said the Commissioner.

“Year in and year out, the Cosmos compete for Championships, they epitomize professionalism, and the players and coaches represent the club’s legacy well,” he added.

_dsc6988“We feel very proud of bringing this trophy to our fans and will continue working hard to finish the season strong,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director, Giovanni Savarese. “The team and staff have done an incredible job throughout the season and we are excited to host another postseason match at home.”

You can see photos of the ceremony below.

The 2016 Fall Champions [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The 2016 Fall Champions [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Jimmy Maurer, Carlos Mendes, David Ochieng [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Jimmy Maurer, Carlos Mendes, David Ochieng [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Adam Moffat and Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Adam Moffat and Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

More notes as the Cosmos look ahead to Saturday:

  • Former U.S. Men’s National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu was seen yet again at Cosmos training on Thursday. The defender trained in full, and featured in the team’s eleven-a-side scrimmage that finished the training session. No word on why Onyewu has extended his stay with the club beyond the expected October 5th end that was originally given as a comment from the club to TICC.
  • A source told TICC that Miami FC defender Hunter Freeman will not be able to play against the New York Cosmos Saturday night, due to a clause in his contract that prevents him from doing so. However, the source went on to say that Hunter would be able to play against the Cosmos should they meet in the postseason, an outcome that does not seem likely after Miami’s loss to Jacksonville Wednesday night.
  • In addition to Freeman, Miami will be missing more key pieces of their XI in New York. Both former Cosmos right back Gabriel Farfan (yellow card accumulation) and former NYCFC midfielder Kwadwo Poku (red card) are set to miss Saturday’s match. In addition, it’s unclear if midfielder Michael Lahoud, also previously of the green and white, will make the trip due to injury.
  • Defender Carlos Mendes and striker Lucky Mkosana were both present at training, but focused on jogging and stretches for a majority of the time. Head Coach Gio Saverese is hopeful that both will be available for selection Saturday night.

One thought on “Cosmos Training Notebook: Oguchi Onyewu, NASL Trophy, Hunter Freeman, and more

  1. Congratulations! for earning the Fall Season Champions. And it was earned with determination and tenacity by the coaches and every one in the team.
    Bravo New York Cosmos! onward towards the championship and we will be behind you and rooting for you all the way..looking forward to more thrilling moments from the cardiac Cosmos! Cosmos Goooooooll …
    Hugo

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