As many fans are fully aware of, the New York Cosmos are in their most important stretch of games since they have returned to play since last August. Unfortunately for coach Gio Savarese, he has had to encounter some untimely injuries leading up to this series of important matches. Coach Savarese recently took a leap of faith with one of his younger players whom he felt was ready for the spotlight. Cue up young David Diosa.
In a pivotal match against Minnesota United FC, the Cosmos leading scorer in 2013, Diomar Diaz, went down with a hamstring injury and had to be lifted from the match. Coach Savarese went with David Diosa as the replacement in the 29th minute. Diosa would stay in for the remainder of the match and help the Cosmos secure a must win match against the first place Minnesota United side.
Recently during a conference call, I had the opportunity to gain more insight on Coach Savarese’s selection of Diosa. Savarese responded with nothing but accolades for Diosa:
“We kept working with him since last year very patiently. There has never been a question of his talent and he needed to develop, he needed to grow, he needed to mature and he’s been doing that since we signed him.”
Born in Medellin, Colombia, Diosa would come and live in Queens NY at the age of 10. Not knowing much english, he turned to soccer in Queens to help him acclimate to life in the big city. A few years later while playing high school soccer for Martin Luther King HS, he would be an integral part of the city champion team that would defeat Francis Lewis High School for the city championship. One of the star players on the Francis Lewis soccer team happened to be none other than his current NY Cosmos teammate Sebastian Guenzatti.
While playing high school soccer, Diosa would go onto become a part of the Cosmos youth academy and appeared in 2010 for the Cosmos youth U-18 team. He would eventually work his way through the system and in 2013 earned a spot on the roster. Part of the reason the Cosmos would sign him to their roster in August of 2013 was for his goal in a friendly match against Newtown FC in July 2013. His only other action was last season when he played against the Atlanta Silverbacks in the final match of the season.
Now in 2014, not only did he step in for an injured Diomar Diaz in a pivotal match against Minnesota, but he also came back in the very next match against Tampa Bay last week and was given a start as a midfielder. Once again Coach Savarese showed confidence in his young player and gave him 77 minutes of valuable playing time as part of the Cosmos 3-0 victory.
Savarese would add, “David would earn another start against Tampa Bay as a starter and he did another great job. That’s just a great sign when you see an academy player make it through to the first team and being a part of your starting lineup”.
While Diosa has not scored any goals yet this season, its encouraging to know that other members of the Cosmos roster are starting to get playing time and holding their own on the starting eleven. It remains to be seen if Diosa will remain a starter but one thing is for sure, the Cosmos have found some more depth on their bench. Once those injured players come back, the Cosmos will still have several matches to contend with should they advance far in the US Open Cup. Depth will be pivotal and players like David Diosa definitely add another dimension of play for Coach Savarese.
See what Diosa has to say after he got is first call this year against Minnesota United as part of this Cosmos TV clip. Make sure you keep your eyes out a well for #21 this season.