Cellerino getting acclimated to life with the Cosmos

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The New York Cosmos promised more depth at forward this winter, making way for Argentine striker Gaston Cellerino to join the club.

Cellerino, 29, took part in Cosmos training for the first time since joining the club on August 17th earlier this week. So far, the experience has been a good one.

“I felt the good vibes the moment I got here,” Cellerino said. “The guys have been really great about integrating me into the team, and now I can say I feel very comfortable. I’ve gotten some rhythm. I’m able to train each day now knowing that I’m fitting in, and my teammates have my back.”

Cellerino joined the Cosmos from Chile’s Santiago Wanderers. There, the striker became a regular contributor, earning 57 appearances and notching 17 goals for the club. He had previously featured in Spain and Italy as well, but the allure of a move stateside with the NASL flagship club enticed the move to the New York.

“In South America we all talk about the American leagues like the NASL and MLS. Simply put, these are leagues that have grown tremendously in the relatively small amount of time they’ve existed,” he said. “There are good players here, no doubt. And I think little by little, the leagues here gain notoriety around the world.”

Cellerino joins a Cosmos side that is not short on striking options. While Sporting Director and Head Coach Giovanni Savarese continues to add to his arsenal, the club already boasts names like Raul and Lucky Mkosana; two strikers that have produced well for the Cosmos this season.

“We have a very good roster, a roster with a lot of depth so we’re not in any rush. We just want to make sure a player like Gaston, who has a very good record in the past, is able to perform at his highest,” Savarese said. “That’s what we want to make sure he’s prepared for. He’s been doing very well for us at practice.”

No one knows just how quickly Cellerino will be integrated into the group as well. However, he does look at this move as an opportunity to make an impression.

“It’s a new day for me, a new start,” he said. “The truth is I’ve been fortunate to play around the world. I played in Europe, and I had spent two years playing in South America. When I was in Europe and South America I had a chance to learn more about the game and adapt to its rhythms in each place. Now that I’m here in the United States I’m ready to stay, learn more and share the experience with the great teammates I have here with the Cosmos.”

Quotables:

  • Cellerino on differences between the Chilean First Division and NASL: “I’ve only trained in New York so far, but I can say that the style with my last club in Chile was different from what I have experienced here. Here the style is faster and more physical. The style in Chile and South America is slower and methodical. There’s a lot of starting and stopping.”
  • Cellerino on his knowledge of the Cosmos: “When I received an offer to join the Cosmos in New York I already knew some about the history, about Pelé and other famous players. And in deciding to come here it was a factor, along with knowing the quality of the players currently in the squad. Now that I’m here I’ve learned more and I’m happy to be part of this team and this league.”
  • Cellerino on his goals with the Cosmos. “Goal? Well, I want to give one hundred percent whenever possible. And I want to do whatever necessary to have a good future here. I want to lend a hand to the team’s attack and play my role of striker. My principal goal is to give one hundred percent on the pitch and score goals.”
  • It seems to me we can use a striker with a strike rate like Gio had with the Metros. 17 goals in 57 appearances in the Chilean leagueis not the kind of think I would have thought we were looking for.

    • Sammy the Red Bull

      I am clearly not a Cosmos fan, but I would think this guy is potentially a better long term signing than an aging Hercules Gomez. 17 goals in 57 games is also a much better strike rate than Gomez has had the last couple of years, though Gomez probably did play in a better league.

  • Kevin

    I agree,17 goals in 57 games is ok by me