February 1, 2013
SPANNING THE GENERATIONS
Alecko Eskandarian, son of ex-Cosmos great Andranik, named assistant coach
The New York Cosmos are now spanning generations, from father to son.
|Aecko Eskandarian: “I have many happy memories growing up around the Cosmos and this is a perfect place for me to continue my coaching career."
Photo courtesy of the New York Cosmos
Andranik Eskandarian was a standout defender for the Cosmos from 1978-1984.
His son Alecko will be an assistant coach with the North American Soccer League club.
The Cosmos on Friday announced that the former D.C. striker was named an assistant coach.
"I am delighted to welcome Alecko back into the Cosmos family," Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. "Alecko is the perfect addition to my coaching staff. Alecko grew up with the Cosmos and understands the club and I look forward to working with him. Along with his excellent playing career, Alecko has good coaching experience already and I feel he has what it takes to be a top level coach.”
Eskandarian most recently served as the Philadelphia Union’s youth technical director. Besides United, he also played for Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy. In 2004, he won the MLS Cup with DC United and was named the game's MVP.
Eskandarian retired in 2010 from concussion related symptoms.
“I am very excited to be joining the New York Cosmos,” Eskandarian said. “I have many happy memories growing up around the Cosmos and this is a perfect place for me to continue my coaching career."
Eskandarian played 136 MLS matches in MLS, scoring 36 goals. He twice named an MLS All-Star. Eskandarian represented the U.S. men’s national team once in 2003 in a match against Wales. As a child, Eskandarian was a regular fixture at Cosmos practices.
He was the 2000 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey. He also won the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the best college player in country in 2002 while at the University of Virginia. In 2003, D.C. selected Eskandarian with the first overall pick in the 2003 MLS Superdraft.