Jack Gaeta worked for the Cosmos for eight years. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
Jack Gaeta, director of team operations of the Cosmos, is leaving the team.
The former Columbia University player announced he was leaving the club on social media Tuesday.
“After eight years with the New York Cosmos, today I say goodbye to Cosmos Country,” he wrote.
“As a three-year-old, I was fortunate enough to see Pele’s first game at Downing Stadium in 1975, as well as his last game as a pro in 1977, while continuing to attend games thru 1985.”
Gaeta was part of the rebirth of the team with the Cosmos Academy, saying he was on the sideline with head coach Giovanni Savarese as they watched David Diosa score the first goal in competitive soccer in 25 years for the club.
He also was part of three North American Soccer League championship teams.
“To my brother Gio, thank you for your guidance and support from day one,” he said. “To all the players of the first team, reserve team and academy programs you all were a joy to watch.
“Thank you for creating such wonderful memories! To the staff, it was a pleasure working with you all these years.
“To the most important part of the Cosmos family, the fans” Your undying support and loyalty to the badge is what makes it all worthwhile. YOU are what makes Cosmos Country a true family! I have been truly humbled and honored to be a part of it.
“NY Cosmos has been part of my life since my childhood. I want to wish the organization and the fans all the best going forward. I do not know what the future holds for me, but I know God has a plan.”