Junior Burgos: “It took a long time. I’ve wanted to debut for a long time. It was nice to see the guys and see how the team is doing well. I hope I can add to the dynamism and the good football we played. “(Photo courtesy of Kosmos)
NIONDALE, NY – It’s time for the cosmos so they could use all the help they can get this week.
They play three games over eight days and the availability of seasoned midfielder Junior Burgos has been welcomed by the National Premier Soccer League Club.
The El Salvadoran international was suspended for the first two games of the season. Burgos suspected this was due to his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and a red card he received during an international match.
“I’m glad it was a thing of the past and I’m looking forward to playing,” he said.
Kosmos will play two important games this week. On Wednesday they will host Black Rock FC (USL League Two) in a first-round game of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup at Rocco B. Commisso Stadium in New York City at 7:30 p.m. They will then greet Boston City FC for a league match at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY on Saturday at 7pm
Needless to say, Burgos are rarely ready to help the undefeated Kosmos (2-0-0, 6 points) continue their triumphant advance.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “It took a long time. I’ve wanted to debut for a long time.
It was nice to see the guys and see how the team is doing well. I hope I can add to the dynamism and the good football we played. “
Not wanting to contribute was “100 percent” frustrating for Burgos.
“When I am unable to play my job, I mostly push the guys who can play during the week. The boys are fine. “
Head coach Carlos Mendes didn’t want to publicly announce his plans for Burgos, but he expected the 30-year-old midfielder to do something about it.
“He’s an important player,” said Mendes. “He has a lot of experience and will be of vital importance to us. We will definitely use it. Decisions must now be made on the field, keeping everyone and everything in mind. He is legitimate and that is important to us. “
Burgos looked sharp in training.
“He worked hard,” said Mendes. “It’s difficult when you can’t be in the line-up for two games. He is a professional. He worked and increased his fitness level. So he’ll be ready whether it’s Wednesday or Saturday. He will make a difference for us. “
Given the history of the Cosmos in the Open Cup as a giant killer who faced the New York Red Bulls in 2014 and New York City FC in 2015 and 2016, Burgos has high hopes for the team in this year’s competition.
“It’s a great opportunity for the New York Cosmos because you want to prove that we have a good level and a good squad,” he said.
“I was lucky enough to have had a really good run in the Open Cup in the past and to be able to eliminate two or three MLS teams. I know what it means. You are playing a game. You are the winner or you are going home. We have to face this mentality with this team on Wednesday. “
Burgos’ most memorable Open Cup game came when he and the Atlanta Silverbacks (North American Soccer League) shocked hosts Colorado Rapids in the fifth round of the 2015 tournament. Despite playing with eight players for …. Minutes, the silverback triumphed with a 2-1 win over 10-man Colorado. There were seven red cards in the game, including the coaches from both teams.
“We only had eight men and we were able to bring it together,” said Burgos. “I think that was one of the coolest moments.”
The silverbacks that surprised Real Salt Lake in round four were eliminated by the Chicago Fire in round six. But what a run Burgos, who had scored three goals by that point, and Atlanta.
“It’s exciting to me,” he said. “You always want to prove that you can play at different levels. I was lucky that I played on different levels. We look forward to a good run and to getting as far as possible. “