January 23, 2013
TAKING A 'MEMO'
Cosmos add Valencia as goalkeeper coach
NEW YORK Ė The New York Cosmos began building their coaching staff on Wednesday as they named Guillermo "Memo" Valencia as goalkeeper coach.
Valencia joins the North American Soccer League team from Seton Hall University, where he had served as the goalkeeper coach since last March. He also worked for three years (2009-11) as the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. Under-17 and U-18 menís National Teams and had prior stints as an assistant coach at Columbia University and New York University.
He also has coaching experience at the youth club level, having worked with the Cosmos Academy since 2007 and the New York Soccer Club since 2009.
"Memo is a goalkeeper coach with an outstanding work ethic and his professional experience will help him to provide the best training, not only for the New York Cosmosí goalkeepers but also the U.S. U-18 youth national team," Cosmos Savarese. "Memo was part of our staff for the New York Cosmos U-23 team and Iím excited to have him back working with us."
Valencia had an 11-year professional career in Colombia as a goalkeeper, playing for America de Cali (1990-1995) and Deportivo Pereira (1995-2001). In 2000, he was a key member of the Deportivo Pereira team that won the Professional Colombian Soccer Association league championship.
He also spent one year in Mexico with Potros Marte, before moving to the United States. He was a goalkeeper for two seasons for the Westchester Flames in the Premier Development League (2003-04) and spent the 2005 season with the Long Island Rough Riders.
The Cosmos will make their debut in the new NASL during the league's fall season. They will call James Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. home.