Cosmos Cleared as U.S. Development Academy for U-13s, U-14s, Announce First Signings



The New York Cosmos revealed Tuesday afternoon they are now fully recognized by U.S. Soccer as a developmental academy for the U-13 and U-14 age groups.

They also announced their first signings to the program.

Having already received prior approval in the U-12 age group, today’s news is another critical step forward for the club’s ultimate goal of building one of the preeminent academy  programs in the United States.

After being named as Assistant Youth Director in February, Ronan Wiseman has now been appointed as the club’s Youth Development Director.

To coincide with the latest academy development, the club has also announced 11-year-old Simon Adjakple and 12-year-old Aidan Pericic as its first ever academy signings. Both players were recruited from Cosmos Academy Affiliate Program member Auburndale SC in Queens.

“I’m delighted to welcome Aidan and Simon to the Academy,” Wiseman said. “Over the last few months we’ve been running a number of Academy identification centers in the New York area, searching for talented young players with the right mentality.”

The Cosmos have set lofty goals for their nascent academy program. They hope to not only consistently produce players for the first team, but to also develop players capable of being a part of the U.S. national team set up.

Though none of them were developed by the Cosmos directly, former player Haji Wright, as well as current Cosmos Eric Calvillo and Alexis Velela have helped the Cosmos forge relationships with the U.S. youth program already. Calvillo and Velela were a part of the U-19 squad that claimed the trophy in last week’s Slovakia Cup in Europe.

“Our ambition to have our own academy is now becoming a reality with the signing of these young players” said Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “Ronan’s experience in youth coaching has really helped accelerate this process, providing young players with a developmental pathway to the first team and exposure on the national level.”

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  • Alex

    Yeahhh Cosmos

  • slowleftarm

    Weird – according to fanboys, US Soccer is part of a huge conspiracy against the global brand, Hempstead Cosmos. Looks like that isn’t true. Can’t hurt to have as many development opportunities available for young players. Cosmos can develop players for their own team or, if they’re good enough, sell them to MLS teams or abroad. Sounds like a good situation.

    • Ty/s

      I think that’s just NASL fans who think that. NASL has their own agenda and COSMOS have their own agenda. The two are mutually exclusive.

  • Bonk

    Cosmos keep making all these great moves, but ultimately they need to get more people attending their home matches.

  • smurf040

    We need a stadium!! otherwise all these positive progress will be for naught!! We know it, they know it!! Let’s get a stadium so we can truly solidify this league!! We can’t say we’re a “professional” soccer team and be playing in a Lacrosse field. We just can’t. Look at the Redbulls. they haven’t won a championship in 20 years but when you walk into that arena, I must say is a beautiful place. Come on Cosmos, Let’s make this happen!!! “Build it, and they will come”!!!!!

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      met life stadium!!! the cosmos can return to the site of their glory days and once again revolutionize the game of soccer in north america!


      • Larry I thought maybe being a supporter of NYCFC that you probably had a poster of David Villa in your bedroom, but its clear to me now that its Carlos Mendez. Which is totally cool with me. Oh and which stadium do you want us in. Citi field or Metlife? You can’t make up your mind

  • The rock

    The cosmos are garbers worst enemy and nasl best friend. If cosmos get their stadium then nasl has a future but if cosmos don’t get their stadium, then red bull days are counted.
    Sooner or later nycfc will get their stadium land but red bull and cosmos have a blurry future due to their internal problems.
    At the end of the day, it all depends what garber wants, does he want a rebranded red bull or a cosmos Reunion.

    • Mr. Garner to you

      I just run MLS, I do not own stock in the corporation. Cosmos can buy in and we can have three New York clubs, but the price is $100 million, just like NYRB and NYCFC.
      I know how to get stadiums built. Just give me that Arab $ and we can get the Cosmos rocking again.

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