Cosmos Notes: Andre Lewis loaned again, Cosmos lose to Al Shabab, Preseason schedule, more

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Andre Lewis made headlines when the recently-drafted Vancouver Whitecaps talent was revealed to have already signed a contract with the New York Cosmos. The NASL side eventually came to a loan agreement with the Whitecaps which only magnified the situation.

Now, Lewis is once again on loan — and few people have taken notice.

Taking advantage of the MLS-USLPro affiliate program, the Vancouver Whitecaps loaned five players to the Charleston Battery. Among them? Andre Lewis.

Striker Mamadou Diouf and midfielders Aminu Abdallah and Lewis join the Battery along with Whitecaps U-23 striker Marlon Ramirez and U-18 defender Jackson Farmer.

“Our partnership with Charleston provides a fantastic opportunity for our young players to progress in their development at a great club,” said Carl Robinson, Whitecaps FC head coach. “Each of these players will be given the opportunity to earn regular first-team minutes at a high level, which will only help as they continue in their careers.”

Lewis made three appearances for Vancouver this offseason, scoring the game-winner against the University of Virginia — and making headlines once more with a less-than-memorable celebration.

COSMOS DROP FIRST PRESEASON MATCH 1-0 TO AL SHABAB

The Cosmos began preseason preparation in the United Arab Emirates, dropping their first preseason contest last week to second-place Gulf League side Al Shabab, 1-0

“First of all, we are very lucky to be here,” head coach Giovanni Savarese told reporters in his post-game press conference. “It’s an honor to get to play a great team like Al Shabab and start off our experience in Dubai so well.”

Mads Stokkelien made his first start as the loan forward, flanked by Sebastian Guenzatti and Diomar Diaz, with Stefan Dimitrov in the withdrawn role. Danny Szetela and Marcos Senna once again took the central defensive midfield roles, padding a backline led by Roversio and Jimmy Ockford at centerback, with Hunter Freeman and Jimmy Nealis on the wingback sides. Jimmy Maurer, the lone keeper signed as of now, started the match.

While a familiar lineup, the team could not find their way towards goal.

“As for the match, it was a preseason game,” Savarese noted. “We flew in from New York a couple days ago and it was our first preseason game. We played a lot of players who we wanted to see. We wanted to see where they are at and I think we got a good look.”

Joseph Nane, Dane Murphy, Paulo Mendes, Peri Marošević, Jemal Johnson, David Diosa and trialist goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck all saw action in the second half.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

The Cosmos now have a week left in their UAE adventure, with two matches yet to play.

First, the team gets set to take on 10th place Gulf League side Al Wasl on Tuesday. “Al Wasl is going to be another good test for us,” Savarese said. “We went over some things we didn’t like in the last game, so now we want to see the players improving and learning and of course having better fitness. Now we’ve been here in Dubai for a few days and become acclimated to the weather and time change, so I think this will be a good game. It’s is a friendly, but we still want to play well and win, so hopefully we can do that.”

And while not announced by the side just yet, New York will end their two-week training stint with a match against Emirates Club on Saturday.