January 31, 2013
FOR THE DEFENSE
Cosmos sign ex-RSL GK Reynish; F Dimitrov also added to roster
NEW YORK – New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese was a lethal striker in his heyday in Major League Soccer, but he also knows the path to success in pro soccer is through a solid defense.
So, it should not be surprising that the Cosmos' first two signings have been to build the defense.
The Cosmos announced on Thursday that they signed former Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Kyle Reynish as the club’s second signing. Reynish, 29, joins the Cosmos from the Major League Soccer team where he had served as the backup to all-star keeper Nick Rimando since 2007.
Former MetroStars, Columbus Crew and Long Island Rough Riders defender Carlos Mendes, a Mineola, N.Y. native, was the first signing.
“Kyle is a goalkeeper that I have been following for a long time and I am very happy to be able to bring him to the club,” Cosmos head coach, Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. “Along with Carlos Mendes, Kyle Reynish gives us a strong foundation at the back from which we can build around.”
After being drafted by RSL in the fourth round (43rd overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, the 6-3 Reynish spent six seasons with the club. In three starts last season, he recorded a 0.67 goals-against average, 1-0-2 record and two shutouts.
A California native, Reynish was a standout at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he helped lead the Gauchos to their first national title in 2006. He ended his 57-game college career (49 starts) with a 0.82 GAA, 33-13-4 record (with 23 shutouts).
The Cosmos also added forward Stefan Dimitrov to the roster. Dimitrov was a member of the Cosmos squad that participated in the 2011 Premier Development League season and played against Manchester United in Paul Scholes’ testimonial match that year. Dimitrov also spent time with the Chicago Fire (2009-10).
While at Concordia College, he was the leading scorer in NCAA Divison II men’s soccer in 2008.