Garrett Halfhill trained with the team Friday. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
By Michael Lewis
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Slowly, but surely Garrett Halfhill is making his way back to playing.
Halfhill, who broke his right wrist in the Cosmos’ preseason, has been worked out on his own or with a trainer with a cast. On Friday, the center back participated in some drills Friday at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes said that he hoped to have Halfhill available to play in two to three weeks.
“He’s working a lot with his fitness,” he said Monday. “The thing with Garrett is we can get him to training a bit, but you’ve got to be just careful in case he goes down or gets hit. It’s something that can get reinjured or reaggravated, so we’re hoping that in the next two to three weeks, he can be full.
“Maybe we can get some kind of wrap on him to so he can train. Today was neutral, which was great to see him out there. I think once he gets into it, he’ll fit right in to playing. He’s a guy that’s young and works hard.”
They were impressed
The Cosmos walked away from their Lamar Hunt Open Cup encounter giving Black Rock FC a thumb’s up. The USL League Two club made the Cosmos sweat in their first-round encounter as they tallied in the 87th minute before second-half substitute Bledi Bardic decided matters with a goal deep into stoppage time for a 2-1 triumph in New York City Wednesday night.
“They are a very good team,” Bardic said. “They’re an organized team. They had a good forward, a fast guy. They’re a good team, a very good team.”
That forward was No. 10, Ifunanyachi Achara, who made life difficult on the Cosmos during Black Rock FC counter attacks. Achara will attend will return Georgetown University this fall.
“They’re decent,” said Aaron Dennis, who scored the Cosmos’ opening goal in the first half. “They made it difficult for us. They got a goal and we had to win in overtime. That says it all. We have to be better as a team. It’s still kind of early on in the season. We still have a lot of improvements to be made. For us to get away with the victory, I’m happy.”
Center of attention
Giuseppe Barone, who scored the Cosmos’ second goal of their 2-0 victory over Kingston Stockade FC last Saturday, wound up at the center of attention thanks to his golazo (scored from 50 yards out).
“The phone blew up right away on social media,” Barone said. “Text messages, phone calls. It was good, but it’s important to stay grounded and continue to move forward and focus on the next game.”
One upstate newspaper gave credit for the goal to the wrong Barone, Giuseppe’s older brother, Salvatore.