October 8, 2014
MY TWO CENTS
Just what did Savarese hint at that 'could change the future of our club'
By Matthew Levine
Giovanni Savarese teased the media Tuesday with some information "that could change the future of our club,” but he was not specific.
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The Cosmos never have been shy about their plans since their return to the North American Soccer League - a new stadium, global stars on the pitch and an attitude to win any and every trophy in sight.
Up until this point, the club has accomplished only some of those goals.
They have a global star in Marcos Senna, although he isn’t as instantly recognizable of those from the original iteration.
The Cosmos won the 2013 fall title and a Soccer Bowl.
But their near misses stay just under the surface. Just ask any member of the organization about a draw with Indy Eleven in the spring or a certain referee who impacted a game in Philadelphia.
Perhaps the club is inching closer to some of those goals. Head coach Giovanni Savarese hinted at something big behind the scenes – the cause of his late arrival to his weekly Tuesday conference call.
“I just got out of a meeting that could change the future of our club,” he said, as if it was a usual refrain.
Just what it could be, Savarese wasn’t willing to pull the cat out of the bag or even give a peak of the head.
However, there are several areas the Cosmos have spoken about and are in the works with that could change the future of a club.
One such instance is the academy the club has spoken about getting up and running in some shape or form as soon as next season. While those plans would certainly change the future in player development, it doesn’t seem like that would need to be shrouded in secrecy.
Another area the club is hoping to improve on is a new training facility. While the Mitchel Field complex is serviceable, it isn’t a facility a club with the ambitions of the Cosmos need. One with multiple training fields for the pro team and for academy sides once it’s running is optimal. Any announcement on land for the project would be a major step in the right direction.
What about a certain legendary Spanish striker?
Certainly Raul’s presence just in New York has given the club a lift. The biggest home crowd in recent memory turned out, possibly more to get a glimpse of the striker more so than the game on the pitch.
Whatever the reason, there was certainly an electricity that had been missing at Shuart Stadium since the club’s vaunted fall return.
While the club has been in talks with Raul, the shape of the Cosmos future won’t be built on one player. Yes, it fits into bringing in recognized stars, but it would only be a limited time boon on the second highest goal-scorer of the Spanish national team’s aging legs.
Maybe the meeting Savarese was in could have been about the Belmont Stadium project. That would certainly tick all the boxes as well as provide the most meaningful shift in the club’s trajectory to returning to it’s golden era.
No shared schedule with Hofstra University would allow the Cosmos to do so much more. A new stadium would allow for more flexible game nights, international friendlies as well as other revenue streams.
Concerts at Elmont Town Crossings, anyone? And that would just be one of the many examples.
Only time will tell just what Savarese meant and what was teased out could be known sooner rather than later.
“I think we are right now on a good situation. We are on a good path for what we’re trying to accomplish,” he said.
“Hopefully we can know sooner rather than later that what we are searching for is going to consolidate for what we’re building for the future.”
While the stadium is the most ideal, in the short term, Cosmos Country wouldn’t mind if the announcement was Raul holding a green jersey and posing with Savarese for photos at a press conference.
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