Kevin Anderson named new Head Coach of New York Cosmos B

Kevin Anderson [Photo: New York Cosmos]

Following the news of the team’s revival and their first announced roster acquisition in Bermudian winger Oneko Lowe, New York Cosmos B now has a new leader at the helm of the ship. Hours before media day on Tuesday, the Cosmos announced that Kevin Anderson would become the new head coach of the club’s reserve side. The former MLS midfielder becomes the third coach of the B team in three seasons and comes from Columbia University, where he held the same role.

“We would like to welcome Kevin to our club and the Cosmos B organization,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese, in a press release. “”His extensive experience will help the team further expand its reach, as we continue to pursue yet another successful NPSL Season.”

The seventh overall selection in the 1999 MLS Supplemental Draft, Anderson enjoyed five seasons in MLS with the Colorado Rapids and Tampa Bay Mutiny, scoring five goals during that time. Over a ten-year professional career, Anderson also spent much time in the USLISL, playing for the Minnesota Thunder and Charleston Battery. Interestingly enough, he and Giovanni Savarese were Long Island Rough Riders teammates during the club’s 1995 league-winning campaign. Anderson also spent time with the U.S. U-17 and U-23 National Teams.

After playing his last professional season with the Minnesota Thunder in 2003, Anderson moved into coaching. He spent two years at Columbia University and Boston College before taking the reigns of the Lions program in 2009. Seemingly improving the Lions each year, the Ivy League school peaked in 2015, seeing Columbia win its most games since 2003, notching 10-5-1 mark. Columbia got off to its best start since 2002 when the Lions went 4-0, including a road win at No. 18 Providence. This was Anderson’s career high in wins over his time at Columbia, with the Lions competing and Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium, dedicated in 2013 to the now Cosmos Owner who is a Columbia alum.

“I’m honored to become a part of the most storied franchise in North American Soccer history. I want to first thank Rocco B. Commisso for his tremendous leadership and for taking on this enormous responsibility and Giovanni Savarese for entrusting me with the responsibility of developing and preparing players for the first team.” said Anderson. “As a young boy in this community I grew up watching the legends of the past playing at Giants Stadium while the Cosmos banner hung in my room. I understand the responsibility that comes with this position and will work diligently and with integrity to serve this organization, its players, our community and fans.”

Anderson looks to use his experience to improve on a Cosmos B side that, despite going 12-3-2 in the regular season under Fernando Barbato, fell to New Jersey Copa FC 1-0 in the Northeast Regional Semifinal. New York Cosmos B kicks off it’s 2017 campaign under Anderson on April 29th, as they travel north to face Boston City FC.

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