By Michael Lewis
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Midfielder Junior Burgos certainly was conspicuous with his absence from the Cosmos roster Saturday night.
He was not listed on the team’s official roster for the team’s 2-0 season-opening win over the New York Athletic Club at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
Burgos was serving the first game of a two-match suspension meted out by the El Salvadoran Football Federation. There were no immediate details as to why.
“He won’t be able to play possibly for another game,” Mendes said. “So, we’ll get that sorted. He’s fine.”
Fine as in that Burgos, a member of the El Salvador national team, is healthy and game fit to play for the Cosmos after the ban.
Mendes said it was “a suspension that carried over from the federation. I don’t have all the details. He’s fine and he’ll obviously be with the team soon.”
That meant 5-11, 175-lb. Burgos will miss Saturday’s game at Kingston Stockade SC. He would be available for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first-round match against Black Rock FC Tuesday, May 7 and for the team’s next home game here against Boston City FC Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Burgos, 30, is expected to be a key cog for the Cosmos this year, which includes the NPSL Founders Cup, a professional league that will kick off in August. If he is called into the El Salvador national team for the Concacaf Gold Cup, Burgos could miss as much as a month in June.
The Cosmos used four midfielders in their Starting XI Saturday night — Danny Szetela, Ricardo Bocanegra, Darwin Espinal and Joey Sanchez.