With a Cosmos lineup depleted by transfers and injuries, head coach Giovanni Savarese shared answers to questions raised on the state of the lineup for this weekend and the season, long-term.
Plenty of lineup and formation changes have been present in the past few Cosmos matches. With so much changing, what could we see for a showdown with the Rowdies this weekend?
“We do game by game,” Savarese told the press. “We want to make sure that we have all the guys available and then each game we make our decision on who deserves to be in the starting lineup after what they’ve been doing during the week and what they’ve been doing in the games. For me, as I’ve always said, they’re all starters, but it’s up to them now to step in and be able to perform.”
The good news for New York? Nearly everybody is ready to go.
“Everyone is fairly healthy. The only one is Roversio who is not ready yet to be able to participate. Everybody else is in a good place to be able to perform or to be available.”
Roversio remains unavailable after exiting in their win over Miami nearly two weeks ago. He’s joined by a player who had a major impact in their win over Jacksonville a few days later.
“[Andres] Flores is recovering nicely. We have to wait and see if he’ll be ready for this weekend, but he’s been training well.”
Flores was absent from the 18 last weekend as the Cosmos fell to Rayo OKC. But, at least one more striker option will be available to New York.
“Yasmani [Duk] is completely available and he’s ready to play whenever we need him. He’s eager to play now that he’s doing better. After surgery he needed a little bit of time, but now he’s really good to play with the team. We’ll see if this weekend will be his time to be able to be in the starting lineup.”
While the question of new signings for the club has not gone away, another question is being asked about internal moves within the organization from Cosmos B to the first team, especially with the conclusion of their season last night after they were eliminated from the NPSL postseason.
Savarese did not answer outright but, hopefully, we’ll see a few make the jump.
“We have some players right now so it’s very possible.”