February 7, 2013
Llamosa joins Cosmos coaching staff
The New York Cosmos have named former U.S. National Team defender Carlos Llamos as assistant coach. Llamosa most recently served as an assistant coach for Chivas USA in MLS where he coached since the 2008/09 season.
|Carlos Llamosa, who played with the Brooklyn Italians and New York Centaurs, returns home to New York.
Photo courtesy of the Cosmos
“Adding Carlos as an assistant immediately strengthens our backroom staff,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “With his wealth of professional and international experience in both Major League Soccer and with the US national team, he is the perfect complement to Alecko [Eskandarian], Memo [Valencia] and myself. He also brings that top-level coaching experience and defensive tactical awareness which will be key for our team.”
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, the native of Colombia enjoyed a decade-long playing career in MLS, suiting up for DC United, Miami Fusion, New England Revolution, and Chivas USA, before retiring after the 2007 season. After DC United selected him in the 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft, he helped lead the team to championships in ’97 and ’99.
“This is a great moment for my family and I,” Llamosa said. “Not many coaches get this chance, to work with such a great staff and for a legendary club in the city I grew up. This team has so much potential that I’m excited to help develop.”
Llamosa, who performed with the Brooklyn Italians, began his professional career in New York, with the now-defunct A-League’s New York Centaurs and New York Fever in 1996. In addition to his extensive pro experience, Llamosa appeared in 29 games for the U.S. men’s national team from 1998-2002 including matches at the 1999 Confederations Cup and 2002 World Cup.