Cosmos hope to keep Fernandes after Union loan

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Leo Fernandes has been such a productive and natural fit for the New York Cosmos that one could easily forget he is a loanee.

The Philadelphia Union own the rights of the former Stony Brook All-American, but the Cosmos are keen on changing that this offseason.

Following practice Wednesday afternoon, head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese said the Cosmos would approach the Union this winter over a permanent move for the Long Island midfielder.

“He has been very content to be part of the New York Cosmos,” Savarese told reporters. “I think he feels comfortable being here. We just have to see how things will work.”

Comfort has been apparent for Fernandes since his arrival in New York. The Brazilian born, Babylon raised player is tied with Raul for the team lead in goals (8) and is second in assists (3). Those stats are a stark improvement over his numbers with the Philadelphia Union where Fernandes struggled to find his footing.

With New York, his transition was eased by a familiarity with Savarese, who coached Fernandes as a youth player and tried to acquire him prior to the MLS draft in 2013. Now both parties will work to keep that relationship intact — at least for one more season.

“I had no doubt that he was going to be this productive. Actually, before he was drafted in MLS, I tried to bring him in. I knew his quality. I had him as a young player before, I coached him,” Savarese noted. “Once we were able to bring him in, thanks to the hard work of Alecko (Eskandarian), it was very important for us to have him. He has done a tremendous job, and has a lot of quality.

“He grew even more so as a player so we will see what the future will lay for him.”

 

  • terry

    PLEASE , PLEASE…ONE MORE SEASON ! THEN MAYBE PERMANENT !

  • DanGerman

    He’s probably going to get another look by Philly and if he plays like he did with the Cosmos he’s probably staying there.

  • William

    no I think he likes the Cosmos organization and playing closer to home.

    • DanGerman

      That may be so but his rights are owned by Philly and what can the Cosmos offer them that they’d want? I think they’d rather keep a good young player then say 300k in cash. If he wanted he could ask to be traded to the red bulls or nycfc if he wanted to be closer to home.

  • Sammy the Red Bull

    As someone who played at Stony Brook also (sad to say, many, many years before Leo) I actually hope he stays with the Cosmos. Ernie Stewart coming in as SD in January should help, but right now that club is a mess. Rather see him happy and local than sitting on the bench in Philly or playing for Bethlehem Steel.

    • DanGerman

      I think Philly will take a look at him and if they don’t like what they see they’ll just loan him back to the Cosmos. I think Stewart would want to keep him though.