Gio Savarese opens up on Saturday’s halftime comments, injury updates, and comments on Raul.
During Saturday’s New York Cosmos match, the Fort Lauderdale broadcast team caught up with head coach Giovanni Savarese and asked him for his thoughts on
his team’s first half play. Savarese commented that it was the worst half he has seen them play in some time. With those words going into the locker room, one could only imagine what was really going through the head coach’s mind.
During todays coaches conference call, I asked coach Savarese what he said to the club at the half that turned the team around to the tune of three unanswered goals against the Strikers:
“I was honest with them with what I saw in the first half. There were many things that we could have corrected tactically and in different things. But the most important thing for us to correct in the second half was our attitude. Our presence in the game, in being a little more aggressive on every ball, on every run. Attacking the space in every situation inside the box. I made sure at half time that they listened to my comments in a very very determined way, and I
think the players reacted very positively to my comments in the second half”.
These comments and the end results are a reminder of why Coach Savarese is highly regarded as head coach of the Cosmos. He managed to go into the match without several of his starters, and still pick his players up after an abysmal
first half and pull off an ever important victory to keep pace with Minnesota United FC.
When asked about for his thoughts on the recent news out of the NYCFC camp, Savarese was also asked if there was an update the Cosmos pursuits if another Spanish striker, Raul. As he is always reluctant to divulge too much information on Raul, Savarese took the opportunity to say that NYCFC’s signing of Villa is great for NY soccer and increases the competition level. As far as Raul is concerned, Savarese chose only to say that he will wait until Raul is ready to sign the contract to comment. Take that comment as you may.
With respect to player injuries, it has been confirmed that Marcos Senna will not be available for this Sunday’s match against the Ottawa Fury even though he was described as recovering well. Roversio, who was unable to practice on Tuesday, is questionable for Sunday’s match. Conversely, Diomar Diaz and Jemal Johnson both practiced at full strength on Tuesday and might be available as substitutes on Sunday. Ayoze who was injured for this past Saturday’s match against the Strikers has recovered well and will likely be available for Sunday as well. Finally, Dane Murphy who was suffering from a twisted ankle is still questionable for Sunday’s match against Ottawa.
Finally, Coach Savarese spoke highly of the impact that soccer legend Giorgio Chinaglia had on the New York Cosmos and was excited that the club would be honoring Chinaglis this Sunday prior to their match again Ottawa by retiring his #9 jersey. As a take home souvenir of the occasion, all kids 14 and under will receive Chinaglia wristbands this Sunday upon entering Schuart Stadium.