Kenny Cooper, DC’s Mancini highlight Cosmos guest players, trialists

Kenny Cooper Cosmos

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Kenny Cooper is back in New York. For how long? Well, that is anyone’s guess.

As first reported by This Is Cosmos Country, the former Red Bull goalscorer was in New York Cosmos training camp this week. He is reportedly with the club for training purposes alone, not a trial.

Then again — that’s what the club said about Niko Kranjcar, who eventually landed a contract with the Cosmos.

“We have a couple guys who are coming here, some trialists,” Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese told Luis Hernandez of the TICC Pod. “We have Mancini from DC United. We have a couple other guys, Kenny Cooper. So, we’ll watch some of the players and we’ll make some decisions and we are also interested in other guys overseas.”

Cooper, 31, is a veteran MLS striker and former U.S. National Team pool player. In 2012, the former FC Dallas standout burst on the scene with the Red Bulls, scoring 18 goals through 33 regular season appearances. Since 2006, Cooper made 211 regular season MLS appearances with 75 goals, adding 20 assists to his ledger.

Cooper isn’t the only guest player in camp. Andrea Mancini, son of famed Italian manager Roberto Mancini, is also at Cosmos training. Mancini, 23, is a Manchester City and Inter Milan academy product. He has featured for Real Valladolid B and on a pair of Hungarian pro sides.

Rounding out the guest players is Ronaldo.

No, not that Ronaldo. Ronaldo Rudovic, 20, is an Albanian centerback who currently plays in the Albanian Superliga.

The only player that is considered “on trial” with the club is David Spies. The German Spies, 21, is an attacking midfielder who featured for Nuremburg II from 2012-2015 before moving on with Augsburg II last season. He is originally a VFL Bochum product. Through two seasons at Nuremburg and a season at Augsburg, Spies earned 68 appearances on 42 starts, scoring seven goals and three assists in that time.

  • Smith

    “THE GERMAN SPIES.” That was good.