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Cosmos name Alecko Eskandarian as assistant coach

Feb 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

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The new day Cosmos continue to build there club, personnel structure and the modern brand, today announcing that Alecko Eskandarian had joined the club as an assistant coach.

Eskandarian will serve under former New York MetroStars standout Giovanni Savarese, who was named manager of the North American Soccer League expansion side in late November.

Not only is Eskandarian generally a respected figure in national soccer circles, he has family history with the Cosmos, an organization once peerless in its rule over domestic soccer. As the New York Post put it this morning in its report on the hire: “The Cosmos have long been in Eskandarian’s DNA. His father Andranik Eskandarian was a defender for the original Cosmos from 1978 to 1984, and Alecko was a regular fixture at Cosmos practices as a kid.”

But he had more than history. Eskandarian played professionally for DC United, the LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA. His best days came with D.C. United, where he won the 2004 MLS Cup while being named the game’s MVP.

That side, coached by Peter Nowak, also included a young Freddy Adu.

Concussion-related symptoms forced Eskandarian to retire in 2010 at age 28.

Just yesterday, the club signed longtime Real Salt Lake backup goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.

(FYI: We have a Three Good Questions feature with Cosmos CEO Seamus O’Brien coming Sunday at ProSoccerTalk.)

  1. wesbadia - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    This is an interesting signing. For one, I didn’t know his father was a Cosmo for the original team. Neat connection. Secondly, Alecko has done wonders for youth soccer in the US. Honestly, I’m surprised he’s being named assistant coach instead of head of youth development or some such thing. Granted, Cosmos don’t have the infrastructure completely set up yet, so maybe a move for Eskandarian is in his future.

    Reynish is a no-brainer if you ask me. His record in MLS is superb, and I’d say he’s an early candidate for GKotY… provided the Cosmo’s half season warrants him that opportunity. I had heard rumors they were in talks with Kevin Hartman, but that has obviously fallen through. With the likes of Reynish and Carlos Mendes in defense, they seem to want to build out of the back. I’m excited to see other additions in the future.

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