Among the chaos of yesterday’s media day, TICC was able to catch up with both New Cosmos B head coach Fernando Barboto and Academy Assistant Youth Director Ronan Wiseman. They were able to give us some insight into what stages both the academy and the reserve team are at currently.
First, outside of media day, it should be noted that TICC learned that Barboto will be keeping his coaching job with NJIT in addition to his responsibilities with Cosmos B. This split of responsibilities mirrors that of Alecko Eskandarian’s last year, who split time between the senior team and Cosmos B.
Yesterday, when we asked Fernando about how his coaching style compares to Alecko’s, he echoed more similarities between the two. “I believe I was brought on for the reason that we have similar styles,” Barboto told TICC. “I think the teams that I’ve developed and built have an identity that is very similar and comparable to Cosmos and their style.”
Now, with Barboto’s given track record in the field of NCAA Soccer, we wondered if that would play into what kind of roster would be rolled out next season. Barboto made it a point to explain that things would be much like before, a mix of both international and fresh out of college talent.
“I think I have a lot of experience with international players… I brought a lot of players from Spain and Europe, and also my college connections. I think it’ill be a combination of that, and I think that will be similar to last year.”
Barboto also mentioned that roster news will come around the second week of April. Open tryouts for Cosmos B will be at the end of March, with invite tryouts happening the first week of April.
Moving on to Ronan Wiseman, Ronan told TICC that the academy is going to have its first “ID Session” for potential academy players next Monday or Tuesday, and the plan going forward is to have these sessions “once a month”. In regards to Academy Director, Raul’s involvement going forward, and the U-13 and U-14 permits, Ronan was pretty mum with no updates. However, he did reveal a possible home for the academy.
“We’re looking at Adelphi right for training and possibly games,” said Wiseman. “We need smaller fields for the U-12 age group, so we’re looking for those locations right now.”
Finally, Ronan expressed his excitement to be working on a project that will do good for the area he calls home.
“Very excited about it. It’s a unique opportunity for kids that the financial barrier to a lot of the kids is now taken away, it’s an opportunity for them to get involved with the academy, for the talented players of Long Island to progress up the chain and hopefully get all the way to the first team. I’m very excited.”