February 22, 2017
Cosmos choose Alberto Gallego to replace Llamosa
Alberto Gallego has been named first assistant coach by the New York Cosmos, the team announced Wednesday.
Gallego, Rayo OKC’s general manager last season, replaces Carlos Llamosa, who joined the New England Revolution as an assistant.
Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese also confirmed the return of goalkeeper coach Guillermo Valencia, fitness coach Luis Gutierrez, technical director Luke Sassano and director of team operations Jack Gaeta.
“I am very excited to join the reigning NASL champions and would like to thank Gio and the Cosmos organization for bringing me as first assistant coach,” Gallego said. “Gio and I share very similar ideas about the game, which will make my transition seamless. I look forward to starting the season and help the Cosmos bring joy to its fans.”
Gallego was general manager and sporting director for Rayo OKC, helping the team earn a spot in the NASL semifinals last year. Gallego, a Barcelona, Spain, native, served as assistant sporting director for Rayo Vallecano and coached EFAC Almacellas in Spain, winning a championship and promotion to the third division. Gallego won a championship as head coach of UD Benabarre, the club promoted to the third division for the first time since it was founded in 1942.
“Alberto’s work ethic and international experience from his career in Europe, and more recently Rayo OKC will greatly benefit the organization,” Savarese said. “We are excited to begin working with him and our returning coaching staff to put together the best possible team for the 2017 season.”
Valencia, Sassano and Gaeta have been part of the technical staff since the Cosmos were revived in 2013, helping the team win NASL championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Gutierrez joined the Cosmos in 2015, after serving at the third and second B Division level in Spain. He also worked with the Cosmos B team that won the 2015 National Premier Soccer League championship.