The 2014 New York Cosmos have no doubt improved what was their perceived weak spot in 2013, the attack. They have also been able to keep their midfield and stellar defense intact. The only glaring area that still needs to be attended to is in net.
With the reigning NASL Golden Glove winner, Kyle Reynish, heading for “greener” MLS pastures in Chicago, the Cosmos are looking for a new starting keeper. Also departed are backups Bryan Meredith, who signed with the San Jose Earthquakes and Chad Calderone, who wasn’t offered a new contract. This leaves former Silverbacks goalie, Jimmy Maurer, as the default starter.
While I don’t believe that Maurer is much of a downgrade over Reynish, it’s still a downgrade. Reynish was maddening to watch at times, causing much anxiety for Cosmos fans whenever he’d run out of the box like a mad man. However, he was very solid overall and stellar down the stretch after that Rowdies game at Hofstra. Reynish also provided the squad with veteran experience, having spent six seasons as a backup with Real Salt Lake.
Maurer had the briefest of briefest encounters with MLS, getting drafted by the New York Red Bull in 2011 and signing a one-day contact with team before being released. He then spent a year with the Atlanta Silverbacks where he appeared in 17 games. His sample size with the Cosmos has been very tiny. He was the main backup to Reynish in 2013, starting the final regular season game in Atlanta and recording a shutout.
If the NASL was all that was on the plate for the Cosmos this year, I wouldn’t be fretting as much about Maurer starting. Maurer is at least on par with a majority of the other keepers around the league. However, the U.S. Open Cup is on the agenda in 2014 and that is where New York is going to need to be on top of their game at every position. Even before the departure of Reynish, I always thought the Cosmos would need an upgrade in net. A goalie with experience in the MLS, a goalie who has been a solid backup there or even overseas. If the Cosmos are going to beat one or two or even three MLS teams, a good keeper is essential.
According to reports from EoS, former Colorado Rapids keeper, Steward Ceus, is training with the Cosmos. Ceus spent five season in Colorado (4 appearances) before not having his contract renewed for this upcoming season. The 26-year-old goalie also spent two seasons on loan with USL Pro side Charlotte Eagles in the 09-10 seasons, making 13 appearances. Ceus seems to be in the similar mold of Reynish and would be great competition to Maurer.
Obviously, they’ll be a couple more GK signings to fill out the Cosmos depth chart. However, good depth is of great importance with the increased workload of the USOC and mid-week matches.
There is still time for more signings and maybe some surprising players will be invited to train with the team, but with the spring season rapidly approaching I can’t help feeling a little worried with who will be in net.