It’s not often that a team name is changed to reflect its position in a team’s history, but that’s exactly what happened when the New York Cosmos signed goalkeeper coach, Aron Janssen in July.
Janssens’ contract was set to expire after the Cosmos finished third in the Eastern Conference, but the club was able to negotiate a new deal before Jansen could.
“We were ready to make a move to the United States to pursue Aron,” Cosmos president, Giovanni Savarese, told MLSsoccer.com.
“The Cosmos were ready for him, he’s a good coach and he wants to be with us.
The move was part of an overall restructuring of the Cosmos’ squad, as it had been looking for a replacement for former Cosmos captain and current goalkeeper, Joe Willis, and his role was also expanded to include a goalkeeper. “
When we signed him, we were ready, but when he didn’t come we were not.”
The move was part of an overall restructuring of the Cosmos’ squad, as it had been looking for a replacement for former Cosmos captain and current goalkeeper, Joe Willis, and his role was also expanded to include a goalkeeper.
“Aron Jonssen is an experienced goalkeeper and a great guy,” Savarede said.
“I think we made the right decision for the Cosmos to give him a contract and a chance to succeed.
He’s been a great asset for us in terms of stability, continuity, and being able to manage the squad.”
Jansens, who had been the goalkeeper coach with the Cosmos since 2014, was appointed by Cosmos boss Giovanni Savaresse in March 2017 and was appointed to the position on July 1, 2017.
He was named the first-team goalkeeper coach in November 2017, but it was his role with the club in the second half of the season that was a real eye opener.
“In the beginning we were trying to keep the squad together and to keep everyone together in the locker room,” Janssson said.
He also said he was impressed by the way the team had responded to a player change in their squad.
Janssen was on loan with French side Lyon at the time, where he spent time with former club Marseille in January 2018 and then Marseille again in March 2019.
He had previously been at Marseille for a couple of seasons, but his move to New York was his first real chance to be a first-choice goalkeeper with the team.
“It was a huge shock when I got the news about my contract, I thought it was going to be the same for another two years, but then after the first few months I got to know all the guys, the staff and the fans.
The Cosmos are my home,” Jinssen told MLStv.com when he heard the news.
“The players are always trying to be positive, and this team has been positive for me.
“My focus is on this team, I don’t have any other plans. “
I’m not focused on anything else, just getting to New Jersey.” “
My focus is on this team, I don’t have any other plans.
I’m not focused on anything else, just getting to New Jersey.”
Jansson, who started his career with Lyon, joined the Cosmos for the 2019 season, but had his contract terminated before the start of the year.
At the time of his move, Jansson was the only goalkeeper in the Cosmos first-division squad.
“This was a tough decision, but I feel that my relationship with the coach and his team helped me a lot.
I’ve had a lot of experience with him in Lyon and I really like him,” Jansson told MLS.com in an interview prior to the Cosmos arrival.
“He’s a great manager, and I have a lot to offer him. I don