The new day Cosmos continue to build there club, personnel structure and the modern brand, today announcing that Alecko Eskandarian had joined the club as an assistant coach.
Eskandarian will serve under former New York MetroStars standout Giovanni Savarese, who was named manager of the North American Soccer League expansion side in late November.
Not only is Eskandarian generally a respected figure in national soccer circles, he has family history with the Cosmos, an organization once peerless in its rule over domestic soccer. As the New York Post put it this morning in its report on the hire: “The Cosmos have long been in Eskandarian’s DNA. His father Andranik Eskandarian was a defender for the original Cosmos from 1978 to 1984, and Alecko was a regular fixture at Cosmos practices as a kid.”
But he had more than history. Eskandarian played professionally for DC United, the LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA. His best days came with D.C. United, where he won the 2004 MLS Cup while being named the game’s MVP.
That side, coached by Peter Nowak, also included a young Freddy Adu.
Concussion-related symptoms forced Eskandarian to retire in 2010 at age 28.
Just yesterday, the club signed longtime Real Salt Lake backup goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.
(FYI: We have a Three Good Questions feature with Cosmos CEO Seamus O’Brien coming Sunday at ProSoccerTalk.)
Los Angeles FC selected five players in the MLS Expansion Draft, including Costa Rican national team star Marco Urena.
Whether they’ll make their way to the City of Angels is another story.
The first pick from general manager John Thorrington was goalkeeper Tyler Miller from Seattle Sounders.
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Going next was Latif Blessing from Sporting KC, an electric attacker who netted thrice with an assist last season.
Next was Urena from San Jose and the Costa Rican national team, a huge addition, and then Columbus left back Jukka Raitala before closing up the draft with Raheem Edwards from Toronto FC.
LAFC has already announced the signings or acquisitions of Carlos Vela, Walker Zimmerman, Carlos Alvarez, Monday Etim, and Guillermo Vizcarra.
The club will also loan Omar Gaber from Basel and Rodrigo Pacheco from Lanus.
Chelsea visits the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in one of three Premier League fixtures this chilly Tuesday in December (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
The Blues are now 14 points back of Manchester City, and three points clear of fifth place.
Meanwhile there are a pair of matches on NBC Sports Gold: Burnley looks to keep pace with its Top Four ambitions when it hosts struggling Stoke City, while in-form Crystal Palace seeks a home win that would move it out of the drop zone. In its way? Dangerous, attack-minded Watford.
Burnley vs. Stoke City — 2:45 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
Crystal Palace vs. Watford — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
ZURICH (AP) FIFA has banned Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona for five matches for making a discriminatory gesture with his eyes toward a South Korean opponent.
FIFA will allow Cardona to serve the ban in friendly games, so he should be available for Colombia’s World Cup opener against Japan on June 19.
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Cardona has also been fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,150) because of the incident last month in a friendly in Seoul.
Cardona apologized at the time, saying he “didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, a country or a race, but if anyone felt offended, or interpreted it in that way, I am sorry.”
Spurs finally got a bit of good news this weekend with a blowout of Stoke City.
That was a followed by a tough draw against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, and bad news on an old injury.
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Center back Toby Alderweireld is going to be gone into February, extending his time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered Nov. 1 against Real Madrid.
Spurs were 6-2-2 in league when Alderweireld went down, and are just 2-2-2 since the injury. The Belgian has missed losses at Arsenal and Leicester, draws against Watford and West Brom, and wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke.
Tottenham did win both of its UCL matches since the injury.