Kevin Tenjo, Armando Guarnera and Joey Sanchez played for Cosmos B last year. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
The Cosmos announced Wednesday the return of three players from last year’s side- goalkeeper Kevin Tenjo, defender Armando Guarnera and midfielder Joey Sanchez.
Tenjo, 24, played a key role as New York Cosmos B earned the North Atlantic Conference title in the National Premier Soccer League last season. His best performance may have come against the Brooklyn Italians in the conference final match. He made two game-defining saves in extratime 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,” Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes said. “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,” Mendes said. “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 alumni of the Cosmos’ recent preseason opponent, 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,” Mendes said. “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.”
“It’s always important to have continuity from one season to the next,” Cosmos senior vice president Joe Barone said. “All three players know what to expect from Carlos, and we look forward to seeing them wearing the Cosmos badge again this season.”
The NPSL regular season kicks off on April 27 when the club hosts New York Athletic Club at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. at 7 p.m.