Cosmos B Notebook: Wright Finding Form

Cosmos B forward Haji Wright was a consistent threat to NYAC's defense on May 27.
Published May 23, 2015

By Aaron Cheris

On Saturday afternoon at Shuart Stadium New York Cosmos B made their Hofstra University debut, defeating New York Athletic Club 1-0 to stay undefeated on the young NPSL season.

While it may be physically impossible for one player to play for two teams at once, Luke Sassano did his best to help both teams win. The assistant sporting director for the Cosmos, Sassano suited up for the visiting New York Athletic Club on Saturday.

“We have a very good relationship with NYAC,” Sassano said. “Part of the relationship is me playing with them. They have a great organization.”

In NYAC’s first game of the season, Sassano scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-0 win over Greater Lowell United FC.

“It was just good to be out there and compete. Guys were out there having fun,” Sassano said. “It’s a developmental league. It’s not about winning or losing, but it’s definitely important.”

Cosmos B forward Haji Wright was aggressive in his attacking of the NYAC back line on Saturday, and demonstrated some effective hold-up play. At 17 years old, Wright is the youngest player on the Cosmos B roster. A veteran of the United States U-17 national team, Wright played in 22 matches with the team in 2014, scoring 18 goals.

“Of course, playing with kids and playing with men has been a big transition,” Wright said. “I think I’m learning more and I’m able to play with them now.”

Wright signed with the Cosmos in late March, just days after his 17th birthday. Now, he’s playing for Cosmos B in their inaugural season.

“We had to get used to playing with each other, it’s been hard at first but now we’re growing as a team,” Wright said. “Every day I just work my hardest.”

In his debut for Cosmos B, Wright scored a goal in a 3-2 Cosmos B victory over the Brooklyn Italians at MCU Park. Like the first team, Cosmos B are undefeated so far this season with three wins and a draw through the first four games.

In order to keep the good results coming, Wright said Cosmos B need, “hard work; just putting in that work at training every day.”

Individually, Wright said he wants to soon play for the first team. His goals for the rest of the season are to, “score more goals and win more trophies.”

In their next match, Cosmos B will go on the road to take on the Seacoast United Phantoms on Saturday, June 13 at 5 p.m. ET.