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New York Cosmos


January 31, 2013
Savarese stresses stopping goals before scoring them on the Cosmos

He forged his reputation as a dangerous and respected striker in college and professional soccer -- on both side of the Atlantic. But that's when he was a player.

As coach of New York Cosmos, Giovanni Savarese, however, knows where his bread is buttered.

You need a defense to be successful.

On Thursday, the team added former Real Salt Lake backup goalkeeper Kyle Reynish as its second player.

The team's first player? Former Long Island Rough Rider and Red Bulls central defender Carlos Mendes.

"It's definitely going to give us good balance in the back," Savarese said on Thursday. "He's been in MLS for many years. We are very content to find a very good keeper to start building up our back. He and Carlos started to make a solid foundation. It's something that is very positive for us.

"We have to build from the back. It's something that I feel is very important. I think its the same way when you're working with a team you have to be able to build a solid foundation. Again, forwards win you games. If the defense is strong, defense will win you championships. We're trying to build a good balanced team that hopefully will do well in the league"

The Cosmos will kick off their first North American Soccer League this August.

Needless to say, Reynish was ecstatic signing with the club.

"Thrilled to officially be able to announce my signing with @TheNYCosmos," he tweeted. "It is an honor to be part of an organization that has had such a storied past for soccer in America, and such bold ambitions for the future. Very excited for this new chapter in my career."

Savarese said that at one time the Cosmos were interested in veteran Major League Soccer goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, but now.

"At a particular he was a goalkeeper we were interested in," he said. "We are not pursuing right now. He's a tremendous goalkeeper, an amazing professional. I had the chance to play against him. I'm sure he's a goalkeeper anybody will like on his team. He has been one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the history of Major League Soccer."

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