October 17, 2013
ONE-DAY CONTRACT, CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
Cosmos sign 10-year-old Zachary Bernstein, who is battling a brain tumor, to a one-day contract
The New York Cosmos announced on Thursday that 10-year-old defender Zachary Bernstein of the Lynbrook Spartans has agreed to a one-day contract with the North American Soccer League club.
A Lynbrook, N.Y. native, Bernstein will join the Cosmos at the regular-season home finale on Sunday when they host FC Edmonton at 4 p.m. as they look to clinch a spot in the Soccer Bowl.
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bernstein will be the Cosmos’ honorary captain for the day at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead. If the team wins, it will clinch the fall season title and a berth in the Soccer Bowl.
Alongside his Cosmos teammates, Zachary will emerge from the locker room and take the field for warm-ups at 3:15 p.m. After warm-ups, Zachary and his co-captain, Carlos Mendes, will take the coin toss for the team. HE also will join the team for training on Saturday morning at the Cosmos’ official practice facility at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y.
Earlier this year, Zachary, who turns 11 on Oct. 25, was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain tumor. To battle this illness, Zachary’s family has explored various trials and cutting-edge treatments for him. They also have created the donation site known as Friends of Zachary, which helps raise money for his treatments, as well as creates awareness for pediatric cancer. To stay up-to-date with the Cosmos’ Honorary Captain, visit giveforward.com/fundraiser/vzk2/friends-of-zachary-fund.
To support Friends of Zachary and see him on the field with the Cosmos, get your tickets at bit.ly/CosmosFriendsOfZachary - a portion of the proceeds will go directly to help Zachary.
“Zachary will make our team better this Sunday,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. “I’ve heard some great things about him. He will fit right in as a member of the New York Cosmos family.”