Updated October 10, 2018 11:00:54The 2018 American Soccer League (ASL) United Soccer League’s (USL) New York Cosmos are the newest entry to the championship.
They are one of the four teams to earn a berth in the finals of the first ever American Soccer Cup, the annual tournament.
The USOC announced their 2017 squad of 32 players in a press release.
The Cosmos were the first American club to participate in the first edition of the competition, which was held at the New York City Sports Center in October of 2017.
The Cosmos finished second in the league in points (36), goals (13), assists (11), clean sheets (6), goals scored (13) and points allowed (19).
The Cosmos were a regular fixture in the USOC’s roster, playing in four of the last five editions of the tournament, including the final in 2020.
This year’s Cosmos roster features eight players who have played for the Cosmos, including two former stars, Carlos Mendes (formerly of Orlando City SC) and Michael de Leeuw (formerly Orlando City) as well as players from the Cosmos academy.
Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said that this year’s roster is “a little bit different” than last year’s.
“It’s not just a group of players who played at the same level, but it’s a group who play with each other and we have a new style of play,” Savareese said.
“We have a lot of new players, a lot more experience, and we’re more organized and a little bit more focused, but we still try to be as consistent and as good as we can be.”
The Cosmos’ roster is comprised of 16 players, eight of whom have represented the US at youth level.
They include goalkeeper Alex Crognale (United States U-18 national team, 2015), defender Matt VanOekel (Sporting Kansas City, 2015) and midfielder Luis Gil (Minnesota United, 2016).
The roster features the likes of former MLS stars Sebastian Velasquez (New York Red Bulls, 2016) and Luis Gil, who played for San Jose Earthquakes.
The club also includes midfielder Justin Davis, who has represented the New England Revolution in the MLS.
Former MLS star Giovani dos Santos, who will turn 22 in May, and forward Juan Agudelo were among the players who also joined the Cosmos.
The 20-year-old Agudello is a defender for the club.
The players will wear their league and federation logos in this year, which is fitting for a club that is only in its third season of existence.
USOC president Nick Sakiewicz said that he was happy with the squad, and he was pleased that the club “got the most out of all of the players and their families.”
“It was really rewarding to have them come in and play a little while, play in the heat and humidity and it’s really exciting for them to have the chance to play with other players that they know, that they’ve worked with, and who have the same kind of experience,” Sakiewicz told ESPN FC.
“I thought it was a really good group.”
Sakiewicz said it’s important for the US to have a solid roster, which he believes will help the league stay competitive.
“We have to have depth, but also we have to do that in order to have some real consistency,” Sakowski said.