Trialists on hand, signings on the way for the New York Cosmos

[L-R] Giovanni Savarese, Amauri, Rocco Commisso [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

The New York Cosmos may have unveiled Amauri at their open media practice at Columbia University on Tuesday, but the club had some other surprises and news in store when it came to questions about the developing roster. 

TICC was able to confirm the presence of several trialists at the event.

Kalif Alhassan [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

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 [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Alex Ramos, the son of former USMNT player and current US Soccer Youth Technical Director Tab Ramos, was also present.


Filippo Franchi [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

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.

10 thoughts on “Trialists on hand, signings on the way for the New York Cosmos

  1. Sign an Ecuadorean! There are hundreds of thousands of Ecuas in NYC, and are loyal to their nationals playing abroad. Even better – find an Ecuadorean-American.

  2. I hope they don’t sign Roversio again…
    the only two ones still available are Guenzatti and McTurk and I hope they will be in Cosmos roster again, I am curious to see who is the spanish players and I hope the two midfielders will be Laing and Diskerud, about the attack, I’d be happy if Mendes gets inked and if they take another american maybe playing in MLS or abroad

  3. Que importante, Cosmos está vivo, activo y completando la plantilla. Esto era una esperanza perdida y ahora estamos preparando otra temporada. Espero que Ramos se quede en Cosmos

  4. defensive midfielder from Spain? This is just a concerted effort to throw us off. Im thinking there is a chance tomorrows signing is Balotelli.

    • Clearly they’re about to sign Xavi Alonso. Clearly!

      It’ll be interesting to see who it is though. Xavi just re-upped with Al Sadd or I would wonder if it was him. I love speculating so I’m going to guess maybe Javi Marquez, who just ended his contract at Granada. Benat Etxebarria, Bruno Soriano, Ruebn Perez, maybe.

      Alvaro Rubio just left Real Valladoid, but is 37. It could be him. I would love to see Javi Garcia from Zenit St P, but he’s playing at a really high level still so it would be tough to land him.

  5. crazy for this club!! honestly, I am perfectly content with the way things are being run. A 718 youth movement with guys like Diosa/Guenzatti is fine by me.

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