Cosmos attempted swoop of MLS draft standouts Buescher, NYCFC target Harrison

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

During a media round table Tuesday morning, New York Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese revealed that the club attempted to sign a pair of Generation Adidas talents from this year’s MLS SuperDraft, but fell short of naming his targets.

“There have been two players that signed Generation Adidas (deals) that we formally put offers to them,” Savarese told reporters. “Those players were in a moment of feeling out whether to go to Generation Adidas or signing with us.”

EoS has learned the unnamed players are former New York City FC Homegrown hopeful Jack Harrison and fellow Generation Adidas standout, Julian Buescher.

Harrison, 18, is a projected top two pick in this year’s draft — and a coveted player by NYCFC. The club attempted to sign Harrison prior to the draft as a Homegrown player, using his connection to NYCFC affiliate Manhattan SC to plead their case to the MLS front office. However, their claim was rejected, and despite multiple attempts to persuade the league otherwise, NYCFC fell short in their approach.

While those conversations were ongoing, the Cosmos threw their name into the ring, offering an enticing deal for Harrison to forgo the draft and join the Championship NASL side. However, the former Manchester United youth product ultimately decided to take a Generation Adidas deal with MLS instead.

Despite the hiccups in their chase, NYCFC are not done going after Harrison.  Goal.com reports the club has reached out to the Chicago Fire over a potential trade in order to land the promising young English playmaker.

Meanwhile, Syracuse sophomore Julian Buescher was another Cosmos target. The former VfL Bochum and Preussen Muenster youth player was a member of the U-16 and U-18 German national teams and was named the top midfield player in the U-19 German Bundesliga in 2011-12. He earned All-ACC Second Team honors and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2014. He followed that season with an impressive 2015, appearing in 25 matches, scoring eight goals and 11 assists for the Orangemen.

While the Cosmos fell short on both attempts, Savarese is not disappointed. In fact, he believes their inclusion in conversations and competition for young talent is a victory not just for the club, but for soccer on the whole, giving young players another, credible option to begin their path through the professional soccer ranks.

“We are helping players. We are helping the growth of soccer,” Savarese said. “We are helping U.S. soccer by being another provider of believing in youth in the United States.”

Of course, this is not the first time the Cosmos have targeted SuperDraft talent. Back in 2014, New York came to a silent agreement with Jamaican midfielder, Andre Lewis, before he was drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps. He subsequently went on loan to the MLS side for the year, whom in turn sent Lewis to the Charleston Battery. Lewis he scored four goals and four assists through 18 matches with the USL side.

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  • ted dev

    don’t think it is good for US soccer for these young prospects to potentially join the nasl which loses to USL teams. What young prospects have the cosmos or nasl produced compared to the many MLS homegrowns?

    decent players should just play and develop in our top league MLS or their system, the only case is maybe a haji wright who was on his way to Europe anyway getting an extra experience as he waits a year, other than that the cosmos are just bidding up costs of these unproven players’ costs for minimal good, and most won’t pan out anyway…

    • Dr. Freud

      Actually, Larry, it is better for them to get a year or two in at the NASL level & then move onto Europe free of MLS’s restrictive reserve clause. Freedom of economic movement is the very basis of capitalism, the system under which the US operates & MLS tries to avoid.

      Due your willingness to accept alternatives, you have been diagnosed as follows:

      http://www.fearof.net/fear-of-change-phobia-metathesiophobia/

      Please seek the help you desperately need.

      • Dr. Freud

        I meant “your unwillingness to accept alternatives.

        My apologies for the miscommunication.

      • Pele

        Dr. Freud,

        There is no economic freedom of movement unless the player is part of the U.S. national team, or holds an EU passport.
        While I am an international superstar and could play anywhere I want, even players like Juan Agudelo, could not play in England because he could not get the work papers. Juan should have been free to play in England, and Stoke signed him to a contract, but lent him to a Dutch club when the working papers could not be obtained.

      • DivintyHope

        If by MLS restrictions, you mean not letting a walk for free, than yes the Cosmos should continue to be stupid.

        • Dr. Freud

          Based on your name, you may find this helpful:

          http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/delusion-of-grandeur/

          Please get the help you need.

          • DivintyHope

            This is the same crap you post every time. Its old, get a another act.

            • Dr. Freud

              It is not as old as MLS stagating American Soccer on behalf of its apologists.

              • DivintyHope

                That “MLS stagating American Soccer on behalf of its apologists” statement, is old to. How about you NASL/PROREL zombies, be more creative.

      • Seth

        Dr. Freud I’d correct playing in an older player league like MLS is not. In the end closed system will not allows for player development.

    • ty

      It’s too bad The Cosmos are too busy whipping up on MLS teams (NYCFC,Redbulls). The COSMOS never loose to USL teams. Redbulls and NYCFC loose to NASL teams. The idiots that root for NYCFC are always a fun bunch. MLS fans are so delusional. The MLS is one team ‘THE MLS’. If the MLS was a profitable venture i might be inclined to be care.

      • Gazza

        So the NY Cosmos won the US Open Cup the last 2 years? You know since they are too busy whipping up on MLS clubs.

        • ty

          That’s because of that bogus call during the Philly Union game. If the MLS needs that kind of help to defeat NASL COSMOS after 20 years of MLS existing some clubs even older than Liga MX clubs they aren’t going anywhere. Garber himself says the MLS is loosing money. I don’t want any part of that especially since we are a small club. Pay 100 million loose millions anually No Thanks

          • Eric B

            a) The game was tied. At best, they were heading to PKs. It wasn’t an automatic win before the “bogus call”.

            b) I didn’t know they handed out the USOC after the round of 16. You know they would have needed to win THREE more games after that, right?

      • DivintyHope

        The Cosmos never played a USL team last year. Their competition was NPSL teams. Also both NYCFC and NYRB lost to the NY Cosmos on that sorry excuse for a pitch, that they call a home stadium. Once they go on the road vs MLS teams, they lose. Just like they did last year. Also we so called “idiots” sell out every game. The NY Cosmos cant even get 5k to show up on a regular basis.

        • DivintyHope

          No unless the Cosmos can play on their traditional carpet pitch all USOPC, they will never win the tournament. No one wants to play in a league, that isnt even the 2nd best league in the country when it comes to quality. Not even fans want to see crap, which is why the NY Cosmos attendence is poor.

        • ty

          Here we go again. We played Sac Republic last year. Now if Sac beat us, you would have posting 20 times per day just troll. NYCFC pitch is worse than Hofstra. And don’t act like there weren’t any complaints about Century Link’s field in seattle. You also realize the Cosmos play in Uniondale. Not even people who live in Rockville Centre and Malverne go to Uniondale.

          • DivintyHope

            No NYCFC does not have a worse pitch than Hostra. Yankee stadium have the best people in the world, when it comes to maintaining the grass. Hostra is a college Lacross stadium, big difference.

            • ty

              New York City FC plays on the smallest field allowed by international rules 110 x 70 yards. Just stop

              • DivintyHope

                NYCFC is the field is the same size as stokes. So no, you stop!

                • ty

                  Have you even stoke play? 115 x 75 yards. West Ham is the only small pitch in EPL and they’re moving to Olympic stadium

                  • DivintyHope

                    Stoke expanded their field. Before that, is was 110 x 70.

          • DanGerman

            Honestly the pitch at Y.S isn’t bad in person and its natural grass which is great for the players. It also helps that the place is near the subway and that helps tremendously with attendance. I really wish that the Cosmos would rent out Citifield for a homeopener to gauge true interest in the city.

            • Larry’s A Simpleton

              f.cosmos couldnt afford the rent at citifield. they barely make ends meet in a delapadated college lacrosse stadium

      • HydraHamster

        While I agree that MLS is a single club considering a league does not own clubs nor player contracts, the statement about the NYRB losing to NASL teams does not happen every year. NYCFC only played a NASL team (Cosmos) once and lost.

        • ty

          They never beat a NASL team yet you fanboys keeps spamming COSMOS articles with USL vs NASL as if the COSMOS care about NASL vs USL. Indy 11 fans could care less if Bill Peterson died tomorrow yet most fans now are on suicide watch because Peter Wilt left. It’s about clubs with NASL not the single entitiy

          • HydraHamster

            Um…. what? I was not commenting on the Cosmos never losing to the USL. I commented on the wrong person. For the record, I do not care about the NASL versus USL topics and the NASL versus MLS topics is even more stupid.

            Jesus Christ dude, calm down.

  • ted dev

    it’s much better for the young players to sign a 2-3 year contract with MLS since that is a much better league and even if they go down to USl team for extra playing time that is better than nasl also.

    Then after a couple years is up if they have the promise, ability, etc. they can move to Europe on a free transfer, looks like Miazga will probably follow this path, going to the cosmos would have really hindered his development, why would anyone choose the minor league outfit in the same city?…

    • Hernando Peralta

      Did you know why? Because these people in the NASL and theirs 100 fans if so, are plain crazies trying to overtake the MLS. How can you explain The Cosmos with an average of 4500 people on the stands can financially support the team?

      • ty

        Where are MLS profits? Show me MLS revenue then you can call us “crazy”. I rather not spend the 100 million for a league that looses money.

        • DanGerman

          Every soccer league in the U.S loses money, we’re not at the point where teams make any kind of real money but most MLS teams do make money from owning the venues they play in and generating money from events there. Which is why its crucial for NASL teams to eventually have a place to call home and control the revenue there.

          • Hernando Peralta

            Y e s.. !! You’re fucking crazy.. Did you know how people in L.A just paid $ 110 million ” just to get into the league..? and Did you know that the Sacramento Republic are to paid $ 120 million to get into to the MLS…? f—ING Stupid A$$ hole like you never understand that. or not..?

        • DivintyHope

          National TV deals,Local TV deals, Sponsorship deals, MLS live network….ect, all things the NASL does not have. The Cosmos cant even sell out an lacross stadium, so please, dont talk about proFITS. When it comes to profits, I didnt even mention ticket sells. NASL/NY Cosmos dont come close to MLS profits, what are you smoking?

          • DivintyHope

            Forgot to mention SUM.

          • ty

            TV deals are shared with USMNT and gets regressively smaller with expansion. Not to mention the value of the deal is small. Garber himself came out and said the MLS is loosing money. There are no NEW TV deals on the horizon and looking at the MLS cup ratings it’s unlikely that ESPN will re-negotiate the peanuts it pays for MLS.

            MLS doesn’t have PROFITS. It’s a single entity meaning that there are no real teams just “MLS”.

            • DivintyHope

              MLS get 70 million from that deal and that doesnt even include MLS international TV deals. And with every new market, comes more local TV deals and bigger sponsors. Now that doesnt include the annual SUM revenues. Which allows Garber,like every commissioner does doing CBA negotiations, to argue that their league is losing money. In reality it isnt. Now when it comes to MLS tv RATINGS, you would notice MLS ratings were up this year. And it continues the trend of improving TV ratings. While the Bundesliga ratings this year, have been poor. MLS cup TV ratings were down, by down I mean 2 million people still watched the game when you add up all the numbers, but yes still down. Which is what you expect to see, when two small market teams play in the a final, in any sport. MLS being single market, makes the league more profitable, not less. This flaw in thinking is, why your entire argument holds no weight. SUM exist, thanks to MLS being a single entity. Packaging leagues kit deals and many other things, does not hurt the league but helps the league

  • Kevin

    So again the NASL sucks according to some of you MLS fans that constantly visit the NASL forums. There’s a good chunk of Cosmos fans here who aren’t saying anything about MLS yet its still thrown out there that we are saying the NASL is overtaking the MLS. I think what just having the Cosmos throw themselves out there is what its about. They are trying to do something, trying to create a stir. I can’t fault them for trying at all. And I can’t see why that bothers you NYCFC & RB fans who visit Cosmos stories so much

    • DivintyHope

      This is not a NASL forum, it is an Empire of soccer article, that happens to mention MLS. And yes, Cosmos fans{the little e that exist), love to talk MLS. If you want, I can give you their twitter accounts.

      • William

        u talk a biggame yet where are the biggames of the Harrison Metrostars and the NYCSFC ? one is a pathetic mess and the other has the heart of a teenzy fly.

        • DivintyHope

          NYRB a mess? Did you see how well they did last year? Or how bad they beat the Cosmos, when playing on an actual pitch? NYCFC sold out every game last year, while the NY Cosmos cant even to get 5k to show every game.

          • William

            really ? I go to every game I have seen as much as 12,000 at the championship final. Metrostars have been a mess from the beginning what a tradition of championships – umm oh yea have none hahaahahahahahahaha they are the NY RANGERS OF THE MLS. Take a bow !!!

            NYCSHITTING fc beat them in the Open Cup game easily the game of the year !

            • DivintyHope

              NY Cosmos average attendence struggles to get near or above 5K. One game being attended by 12k for a final, doesnt tell the entire picture. The picture tells s different story. For many games, Hostra looks empty. That is not an opinion but a fact, the Cosmos should be trying to fix. The NYRB have had a great year,this coming from a NYCFC fan. They even destroyed the Cosmos. Which is what happens, when the Cosmos play on an actual pitch, not carpet.

            • Eric B

              You guys won the championship, but your game of the year was a 2-2 draw that went to PKs? Sad.

          • William

            COSMOS 3 years since the reboot – 3 years in playoffs 2 championships only a true moron could question that.

            • DivintyHope

              NASL level is below that of the USL. Not hard winning the NASL sorry if not impress.

              • ty

                Yet NYCFC can’t beat a NASL side so they must be below USL.

                • DivintyHope

                  On carpet, the Cosmos know how to play the game. No different than what central American teams do at home in CCL.

                  • ty

                    Seattle plays on Carpet and NYCFC plays on a baseball diamond until Teixeira flips out again.

                    • DivintyHope

                      Seattle Carpet is royalty compare to that crap the Cosmos play on. Its the type of pitch you see in Costa Rica. The fact NYCFC plays in a baseball stadium, but on a 10x better pitch, says alot.

                    • ty

                      Yeah keep telling yourself that Portland,Seattle,New England. I won’t even mention Vancouver which by far is the worst.

                  • Dr. Freud

                    I am concerned about the level of anger you & other MLS fans display towards the NASL.

                    Allow me to make a recommendation:

                    http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/anger-management/basics/definition/prc-20014603

                    • DivintyHope

                      Again old. Get a new act.

                    • DivintyHope

                      Portland has the best artifical survice among soccer teams in the country, so no not far worse. Seattle(who is getting a new one before the season) and New England, still play on quality NFL turf. And Vancouver had a new artificial turf put in, doing the summer. The Cosmos play on in a college Lacross stadium, that is so bad, you can see your own reflection. And not only is the truf bad, the field is extra tiny. lol

              • HydraHamster

                How many times are you going to throw the NASL’s Open Cup performance in their face. Last year was a horrible year for the NASL. The FIFA scandal with the whole Traffic Sports came at a horrible time since it was nearing the Open Cup matches.

                • DivintyHope

                  USL is 10-2-3 against NASL teams.

  • William

    Love what Gio is trying to do I fully support him he is good people.

  • Scott

    An NASL article can not pop up without someone making a comical comment. Just support that the Cosmos and NASL just like the USL are providing another option for players. I laugh reading some of these comments everyday.

    • DivintyHope

      This not an NASL article. It is talking about MLS generation adidas players, hence the response.

      • Scott

        Thank you. I couldn’t but help to realize the Cosmos were in the NASL. I understand what your saying.

  • ted dev

    guess the point is the that the cosmos are a US soccer wasteland, fans are throwing their soccer money into a bonfire b/c they (and their league that is worse than USL) do nothing to help support US Soccer or develop new young players for the future like MLS academies are.

    • Dr. Freud

      Or maybe the fans of that team enjoying going to the game s and not sitting with people like you who are filled with anger, suffer from personality disorders, are obsessed with a league they allege not to watch, take up two seats and hate themselves. Just a theory.

  • Mrs. Garber

    Can’t we all just get along??
    Get out of the house…have a beer or two. Maybe talk to someone of the opposite sex once in a while.
    Does anyone remember the time when we would send teams to the world cup WITHOUT any professional leagues???

  • Kevin

    So what I get out of the same 3 NASL haters is that the Cosmos can do no right. This is y u spend sp much time talking about them. They beat Red Bulls, excuse..Bulls didn’t take it seriously. They beat NYCFC, excuse it was in a shootout NYCFC not used to playing on hard turf, Cosmos make the playoffs all 3 seasons, win 2 of the championships excuse not playing real competition…So if the Cosmos have no bearing on either MLS NY team do u care…And since u 3 addicted NASL haters know so much about our league and talk about the Cosmos and their fans, y not just cheer them on..They have no bearing on ur teams, but u obviously are interested in the Cosmos…The best part of this is that at least the Cosmos r trying very hard to do the right thing in a league that some of u said was going to fold last year

  • Anonymous

    The only thing all these haters can’t sleep on is the fact that the Cosmos are the only NY soccer team with title “Champion” hate all you want! But all this team and this organization have done is set a precedent in three short years that the Redbulls (in twenty) and that disaster of a team from the Bronx have not done and that is to show how you build a winner. From the ground up. Garber biggest nightmare came a reality three short years ago and that is the New York Cosmos!!!

  • OpenCupFan

    Cosmos are kicking ass, another year another set of milestones.
    .
    Cosmos making better moves in three years than #bushleaguemls in 20.
    .
    Omg, mls fans are such a joke, soon as USSF pulls the plug on the subsidies the league goes down the toilet.
    .
    My bad, league is already in the toilet.

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      really sucks to be you opencupfan-jsprech-drfraud. for all your bull **** about the mighty cosmos and the minor league they play in ,the nasl isnt even sa pimple on the ass of MLS. fold the league and pull the plug on the f.cosmos. they’re an embarrament.

      only mega retard f.cosmos fans think differently.

      • OpenCupFan

        I thought the Cosmos folded already? So why are you so afraid of a team that already folded?
        .
        ? <- mls fans' brains

  • Kevin

    I understand we have a long way to go as the Cosmos…I just don’t get what the problem…im not a RB fan at all. Just don’t like things they’ve done but im not all over their forums bashing them…I get that NYCFC is an expansion team and they’re going to have their bumps and bruises.but again I’m not all over those forums bashing them. Im a Cosmos season ticket holder since they came back. I enjoy their style of soccer.Do I wish they were MLS yes,wish their crowds were bigger,yes…but I enjoy what the product on the field is,they go above and beyond for their season ticket holders so I can’t complain..they r doing the best they can at the moment

    • JC11

      I don’t get all the bashing. I get it during the games. Root for your team whom ever it is, the Cosmos, NYCFC, The Red Bulls especially when they are playing each other. The better all the New York teams do the more it raises quality of those organizations and leagues. It’s not a good thing if the Cosmos or the NASL fail. If they are successful it will force the MLS to look at their business model and be open to change or make it better. Ultimately the hope is they are all playing each other on a regular basis and challenge he best tams in the world.

      • JC11

        Edit for last sentence: Ultimately the hope the New York teams play each other on a regular basis and challenge the best teams in the world.

        • William

          totally agree it is great for Soccer and the fans and the teams.

  • ted dev

    nasl championships mean nothing, their teams lost 7 games in row to USL teams, talk about bush league.

    • Dr. FREUD

      You have limited mental capabilities and are very repetitive in your posts. I think you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorders and strongly urge you too seek the help you need.

    • Anonymous

      their teams? Whose teams? Nobody here is rooting for Rowdies or the Armada. This is Empire of Soccer. The Cosmos are the club. You seem to be confusing MLS and NASL. MLS is single entity as in they have no clubs just The MLS and the Cosmos never lost to Usl team but they have beaten MLS teams.

    • William

      according to who ? u ? some effin POS trolle GET OUTTA HERE !!!

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  • OpenCupFan

    mls is my favorite single entity hamburger joint named mls

  • Another NASL/Cosmos comments section showing, yet again, how boring MLS must be.

    • DivintyHope

      Again it mentions MLS, even mentions NYCFC target Harrison. Stop it.

      • William

        stop what halfwit ? this must be slowleftarm posting under another name .

      • The first mention of Harrison in the comments!!!It’s you claiming these comments are about Harrison!

        • DivintyHope

          The article said his name. Which means, it isnt just NY Cosmos/NASL article. And BTW, NYCFC picked him.

          • But who cares, when you can talk about the Cosmos.

  • Kevin

    Slow left arm is either divinity or ted dev, you don’t just simply disappear after the red bulls lose another playoff series, or maybe you do I guess. Both of those names are bothered by the Cosmos more then anyone else except for Larry, who has already had the NASL fold last year, the Cosmos give away free tickets to their championship and that eventful Cosmos move to Hartford that must have happened without any of us knowing about. All the Cosmos did according to this article is throw their names out there for some players and 75 responses have shown up here. Its amazing how much attention they get. Like or hate

    • slowleftarm

      I disappeared before the playoff loss because I got tired of arguing with deluded Hempstead fanboys. Today is my first time back and what do I see? People posting under my name and people talking longingly about me. I won’t be back on this joke site again for a while. The articles are good but the commenters are about as clueless as it gets.

      • Yes, I can hear the heavy breathing as posters here long for you.

      • William

        u disappeared because u were ashamed of that horrible gutless heartless team that plays in Harrison that’s why u little coward.

      • William

        BYE BYE JERK !!!

  • Kevin

    Actually I missed slow left arm. At least his arguments back showed he knew his soccer.

    • William

      I disagree.