Rejected? Not Quite: Savarese explains Cosmos/Restrepo situation

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Yes, Walter Restrepo is exploring the free agent market. Yes, teams in MLS, NASL and an unnamed South American club are all interested in his services.

But did Restrepo “reject” the New York Cosmos’ option year to move on to free agency?

Not according to team manager and Sporting Director, Giovanni Savarese.

The New York Cosmos boss spoke to EoS to clarify the situation surrounding Walter Restrepo’s contract.

“The option is a club option,” Savarese said. “He doesn’t have the power to say he is not returning.”

But while the Cosmos have the power to restrict Restrepo’s next move, they won’t exercise that option. As Savarese explains, both the Cosmos and Restrepo are happy with their current working relationship. In fact, the amicable relationship has led the Cosmos to allow Restrepo to bypass his contractual obligations to explore bigger options on the free agent market.

If his ambitions fall short, New York are keeping the club option on the table for his return.

As Savarese puts it, there is an “understanding” between both parties that the Cosmos will not get in Restrepo’s way if he does decide to move on to greener pastures.

“We will help him reach where ever he may want to be,” Savarese said. “We have never got in the way of players careers in the past and won’t begin to now.

“We care about him. And we want to help him out in any way we possibly can.”

 

  • OpenCupFan

    Yet again , Cosmos show class.
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    #bushleaguemls = no class
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    Support your local independent soccer clubs!
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    #greentideworldwide

    • DivintyHope

      If you believe clubs should just allow players to walk, without recuperating funds put into the player, then yes MLS is “classless”. In fact, only bushleague teams do such things, which is why the Cosmos play in the MEGA oF bushleagues, the NASL. Dont forget Restrepo was traded to San Antonio Scorpions on January 8, 2014 in exchange for hotel and transportation arrangements.

      • OpenCupFan

        Ever heard of Landon Donovan? He got traded for nothing by a #bushleaguemls team.
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        More evidence mls fans are suckers, criticize Restrepo trade, but no mention of anti-competitive Donovan trade.

  • This is how you attract young players.

    • Cosmo

      The problem is, that MLS pays more and ligamx scouts MLS for cheap talented players and maybe restrepo wants that.
      Also, I as a cosmos is starting to question cosmos future, it feels like cosmos is a big team that has been relegated but never coming up again.
      Today for the first time I saw garber smile and defend the league versus NFL and other American sports on ESPN, that’s what we need more from him.
      Now if cosmos want to get serious, they must start planning for an MLS move sooner than later. Look at Sacramento, Indy is definitely moving up, st.louis will be in MLS by 2020, Minnesota will be in MLS with Atlanta, and I see Charlotte and okc making MLS moves by 2020.

  • 5 Boroughs SC

    Basically, the Cosmos develop young players and then allow them to more to bigger clubs. Got it.

    • Smith

      Yes, like Ajax.

    • The Real insider

      Just like the minor league baseball, college basketball and football. You play in the minors and if you are good enough you get to play in the Major leagues.

      The NASL is a great minor league system for MLS and Liga MX.

  • OpenCupFan

    You guys are such dumb dumbs, mls bots need to start getting paid better.
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    Why don’t you clowns go post on mls article? Oh yeah, nobody gives a sh!t about McWendys crapfest.
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    In case I didn’t mention it – Cosmos B game outdrew all #bushleaguemls play-offs games – suckers.

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      lol, JSprech is angry.

      damn well know the f.cosmos are PRAYING restrpo leaves BECAUSE THEY CANT AFFORD TO PAY HIM!

      • Garcia

        who is JSprech ?

        • Larry’s A Simpleton

          jspech and opencupfan are the same guy. he goes by one name here and the other over on big soccer. he’s a dope at both places

    • DivintyHope

      Cosmos A team can hardly get 5k to show up.#truth

      • slowleftarm

        get yer head out of garbers ass u moron

  • OpenCupFan

    How does it feel knowing Cosmos B had higher attendance than all #bushleaguemls play-off games?
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    Oooopsy, almost forgot – mls fans are s.u.c.k.e.r.s.

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      and retards likeopencupfan/jspech always wonder why they and the f.cosmos have a target on their back. there is nothing more retarded than a f.cosmos fan talking about attendance. holy **** you cant make this stuff up.

      Red Bull arena was sold out and wtf would the f.cosmos and their fanboys know about attendance number like those? unless of course they add up the figures for the entire spring schedule and then maybe it would total 25000. maybe

      • Garcia

        Larry just wondering whats your absolute fascination with the NY Cosmos ? Your comments are probably 5 times the amount made on your team . Really give it a rest guy.

        • EPL Fan

          It’s because his own team is **** and he’s a fucking moron. What more does anyone need to know.

          Just when you think Open Cup Fan and Slow Left Arm are the two biggest jackasses ever, Larry comes by & raises the stakes.

          he is insanely fascinated by the Cosmos & attendance figures and has no working knowledge of the game whatsoever.

          That said..truth in advertising…he ADMITS to being a Simpleton in his tag line.

          It is quite possible that Larry is the dumbest, fattest motherphucker that ever lived…he is ultimate NYCFC fan.

          It’s funny. I am not even from here. I go see the Red Bulls & the Cosmos because I love football and I enjoy it even though I know that MLS and NASL are both ****, but I will never go see NYCFC at Yankee Stadium again as it’s clear that all the fans are fucking morons and newbies.

          • Larry’s A Simpleton

            trust me mate nobody cares what some **** from england thinks about anything. your country sucks. go jerk off over a picture of prince chuckie

            and garcia, f.cosmos fanboys invite the scorn everyone heaps upon them. they’re delusional assholes who despite all sort of evidence that their team is a pathetic joke still think they are somehow some sort of playas in the game

            • EPL Fan

              Trust me, mate, nobody cares what a retaded man from a country than has dailt mass shootings and has a **** “major” league thinks. Big deal, your team drew well as a novelty last year. In two years time, the luster will be gone, the team will still be ****, they’ll still be playing on a baseball diamond and you’ll still be an idiot ctying yourself to sleep at night desperately clutching a photo of a sweaty Pirlo. Fucking moron.

              • Larry’s A Simpleton

                nobody cares what a **** from a ***** country like england thinks. go suck the queens ***.

                • EPL fan

                  It would be one more *** than you’ve ever seen, you fat stupid bastard.

                  • OpenCupFan

                    Lol, funny

  • Terry

    Letting Restrepo go us the dumbest move they can make….Build a solid side that only evolves with limited moves season to season…Restrepo showed more energy than anyone on the team…Awful !!

  • OpenCupFan

    Why do you think that jspech and I are the same person?
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    Also, why does it upset you so much that a Cosmos B play-off game had higher attendance than every #bushleaguemls game? Don’t worry, you still have on shot to beat the Cosmos B attendance number!

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      the cosmos b team had better attendance? you really are a retard jspech. thanks for proving it to the world. except the pussies from england. nobody gives a **** about them. see you over on big soccer!

      • OpenCupFan

        Lol, why do you think I’m jspech? You still haven’t answered me. Nothing against the guy, his posts are awesome!
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        Also, don’t be mad a Cosmos y-off game has higher attendance then all mls play-offs so far – but hey, you still got one shot to dethrone Cosmos B!

  • jason

    you have to be an idiot to think cosmos b team attendance topped MLS playoffs, the cosmos “a” only averaged 5K for the year, and that’s with all the bobbleheads and pele, beckenbauer visits early on – if anyone thought they played decent soccer there or any soccer fans cared one bit – more people would show up to see the games…

  • OpenCupFan

    Damn, why are all these #bushleaguemlsbots so upset that the Cosmos B had more people attended one of their play-off games in division 4 then in all the #bushleaguemls play-off games? Why all the anger?
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    Only one conclusion – mls fans can’t count?!

    • DanGerman

      Because what you’re saying is so far from the truth that its laughable. Care to share the Cosmos B attendance numbers to at least provide some evidence? Because right now your statement is on the same level with all those people in Bellevue that say they’re Napoleon or the King of England.

      • OpenCupFan

        I’m sorry, I can’t respond to a guy that can’t figure how to purchase tickets online.
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        You know why mls blows, because in its first year Cosmos B playoff game had higher attendance than all #bushleaguemls play offs games.
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        Yes, that’s right, the B team! If I was an #bushleaguemlsbot / sucker, I’d be upset too.

        • DanGerman

          So you’ve got nothing then. I figured you’re talking out of your ass and that just confirms it.

          • OpenCupFan

            Actually, anyone who follows the Cosmos knows exactly what I’m talking about.
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            But as expected, you’re a bold face liar who claims to be a Cosmos fan but only tries to slam the team – like remember when you said you wanted to go to the game Coney Island but couldn’t figure out how to order tickets online? That was a lie, or you’re the Higgs dumb dumb in America – which as an mls fan you do qualify for.
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            So again, how does it feel knowing that Cosmos B play-off had better attendance than all #bushleaguemls playoffs so far?
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            And don’t forget, mls fans are suckers.

            • DanGerman

              So you’re answer is to double down on the crazy. Yep your the king of England alright.

              • OpenCupFan

                You figure out how to use the internet yet?
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                Cosmos B had better attended game than all #bushleaguemls playoffs, man, that is so funny!

  • EPL fan

    I love this website. It’s a great place for completely ignorant American soccer fans to talk out of their ass.

    So much fun.