Supporters have been waiting for this time in the offseason , when we find out who is staying , and leaving the club. The Cosmos have announced that they have resigned captain Carlos Mendes Jimmy Maurer. Seven more players are also already under contract for next season: defenders Hunter Freeman, Rovérsio, Ayoze and Alexis Velela, midfielders Danny Szetela and Andrés Flores and forward Lucky Mkosana. Also they have resigned Sebastián Guenzatti, Adam Moffat , Ruben Bover and forward David Diosa to contract extensions.
Giovanni Savarese had this to say on the roster moves : “We have a lot of talent here at the Cosmos, but we’re always looking to strengthen our squad”. “I’m extremely proud of what this team was able to accomplish last season. Now we are ready to build for 2016.”
The Cosmos do have a lot of young talent , that will get the opportunity next season , which should be very exciting because we saw some young players get some minutes but they haven’t started on a consistent basis.
Also the club announced that that the contracts of Haji Wright and Kharlton Belmar, defenders Samuel Cáceres and John Neeskens and goalkeeper Keasel Broome have all expired and will not be renewed. When Haji signed with the Cosmos , I thought he would be a future star , but that didn’t pan out. When Haji first signed there were rumors that he would just stay the year to develop his game and go to Europe. That’s looking more and more likely since he left the club. My sources have told me that he is going to Germany. John Neeskens leaving the club is very surprising because the supporters had high hopes for John . John was the captain of Cosmos B , and was promoted to the first team after the season. To see him go is really sad because he had so much potential with the club.
Caceres on the other hand was a very talented player that the Cosmos got on loan this season . The club will not buy him permanently . I thought he had great potential and with some more time with the club he will be potentially one of the best defenders in the league.
Lastly Leo Fernandes was a great player this past season. I remember watching Leo in preseason when the Cosmos played in Hong Kong , thinking to myself who is this Leo , and what is he going to bring to the club . I think he passed all our expectations for this season , and hopefully they can secure his services for next season .