Cosmos Add Trio Of Familiar Faces To 2019 Roster

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From left: Kevin Tenjo, Armando Guarnera and Joey Sanchez.

Three familiar faces are back with the New York Cosmos as the team fills out its roster for the upcoming NPSL season.

New York has signed goalkeeper Kevin Tenjo, defender Armando Guarnera, and midfielder Joey Sanchez. Each player was a member of the Cosmos 2018 roster.

Tenjo, 24, played a key role as New York Cosmos B earned the North Atlantic Conference title last season. His best performance may have come against the Brooklyn Italians in the conference final match.

He made a pair of big saves in extra time before stopping a spot kick in the ensuing penalty shootout in the club’s victory. This will be Tenjo’s fourth season with the club.

“Kevin is a ‘keeper who is comfortable with his feet and playing out of the back and fits our style of play very well,” said Carlos Mendes, Cosmos head coach. “He’s been a part of the club for a few years and has continued to improve and push his level of play.”

Guarnera has been with the club since 2017 and adds depth and versatility to the back line. The 22-year old is expected to make further strides in his development this season.

“Armando is a young, local player who can play anywhere along the back line and has a tremendous attitude,” said Mendes. “We have seen him continue his development over recent seasons and expect him to further that growth this year.”

Sanchez is another local product who heads into his second season with the club. An alumnus of Adelphi University, the 27-year old scored one goal last season.

“Joey is a talented local player, who performed for the club at a high-level last season,” said Mendes. “He has a tremendous work rate and good quality on the ball to combine well in the final third.”

Mendes added, “We’re happy to have all three of them back with us this season.”

The NPSL regular season kicks off on April 27 when the club hosts New York Athletic Club at Mitchel Athletic Complex with kickoff at 7 p.m.