Savarese speaks on new Cosmos signing Gaston Cellerino


The New York Cosmos were expected to make a pair of signings this summer to bolster their NASL Championship chase.

One signing came at midfield — former New York Red Bulls player and Cosmos-B standout Ruben Bover.

The other? Gaston Cellerino — a promising 29-year-old Argentine striker from the Chilean First Division.

“First of all, we decided to bring one more player to the team to add a little depth with a player who has scored in his career, he has played with teams in which he had to work really hard and they have done very well in the tournaments they have played,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He was a constant goal scorer so we are excited to bring somebody that is excited about being on the Cosmos, is willing to work really hard, is going to bring that component of urgency in wanting to make sure he impresses us from the beginning, in order to have a future in the club.”

Cellerino’s signing was announced early Monday morning, and his track record is impressive. He has scored 17 goals in 57 appearances with Santiago Wanderers over the course of three seasons. A Boca Juniors product, Cellerino has also plied his trade in his native Argentina and Italy with Livorno of Serie B.

While the club is not sure when Cellerino will be eligible to join the club (his ITC is not completed just yet), they are already salivating at the possibilities of what he may bring.

“I think he’s going to bring something very positive to us,” Savarese said. “We’re going to see now when he gets here how much we have to work with him, but he’s a proven goal scorer and I think it’s a good thing for us to bring him, especially at a moment when we have to make that decision in letting Mads go. Now for us having a new player on top, helping Lucky, with Haji, Raul, I think it’s going to be very good for us.

“I’ve been looking at different strikers, we’ve been talking to many different players, some were very close to happening, some were a little bit further, but in the end, we’re bringing the one that we felt at the moment could bring what we needed,” Savarese continued. “We’re very excited to be able to have him, I can’t wait to see him and I think he’s definitely going to bring something positive to us from the standpoint of being hungry to play and he’s very excited to be here.”