TICC was able to confirm the presence of several trialists at the event.Kalif Alhassan was on-site after spending 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Alhassan started 13 of 17 appearances last year, logging three assists, but slipping down the depth chart. However, he was with Minnesota United in 2015 where he started 22 of 27 games with four goals and six assists. He spent the four seasons prior to that with the Portland Timbers.
Alex Ramos, the son of former USMNT player and current US Soccer Youth Technical Director Tab Ramos, was also present.
Filippo Franchi, who has spent time in the AS Roma Academy, was also present and active at team practice.
At the press event, Giovanni Savarese stressed that the roster was not done being built with at least two potentially big pieces joining the club.
“And then we have one player, another center back, that will be coming. If everything gets done today, it’s going to be a tremendous signing.”
“We’ve got another player coming tomorrow, a defensive mid from Spain,” continued the coach. “And I think he’s going to be a tremendous asset for the club.”
And Cosmos fans can look back to another familiar face joining the team, despite no name being attached to it yet.
“Tomorrow, we’ll be having another ex-player that was with us last year on defense who’s going to sign, which it’s great to have him back,” said Savarese.
Rocco Commisso also stated that he plans to reach out to the local communities around MCU Park in Coney Island via his signings.
“Oh, absolutely. That’s the game plan. I told Gio ‘you gotta get me some Russian, some Ukrainian, some Caribbean players’. You know, we gotta get every one front and center on the team, so he’s trying very hard,” the chairman said to laughs.
One of those targets could be Jamaican Lance Laing who TICC discovered has been in talks with the club.
Options are still out there and the Cosmos are exploring them all.