My Most Memorable & Proudest Moment…
Friends of Zachary,
Is it the White and Green Emirates uniform, the signatures on a 1-day NY Cosmos contract, the opportunity to practice and be among some of the best and caring soccer professionals in the world or simply the amount of attention paid to a young soccer player who just lived out one of his childhood dreams? The answer is…None Of The Above. Let me explain.
As many of you know, Zachary has received much attention with the recent announcement of him “signing” a one day contract with the New York Cosmos.
The terms of the contract were…
“to be an Honorary Captain for the day at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. Zachary will walk alongside his Cosmos teammates, Have full access to the team locker room, sit among the players during Coach Giovanni Savarese’s last minute instructions. Zachary will emerge from the locker room and take the field for warm-ups at 3:15. p.m. After warm-ups, Zachary and his co-captain, Carlos Mendes, will take the coin toss for the team”.
I am happy to report the Cosmos organization lived up to the contract and exceeded our expectations. From the minute Zachary entered the locker room, listened in as Head Coach Giovanni Savarese instructed the team before they emerged onto the field, shared stories about playing soccer with his “teammates” to the disappointing tie in the final seconds against FC Edmonton. Every minute that Zachary was part of the NY Cosmos organization was a moment of pride and privilege. The players, coaching staff, administrative personnel, Lynbrook and non Lynbrook fans made Zachary feel like a professional soccer player. For that moment in time…Zachary had lived every boys professional soccer fantasy. I don’t think there was a fan, coach or player that saw Zachary any differently this day. For that day…October 20, 2013 – Zachary Bernstein #2 was a NY Cosmo(s).
Once the game concluded the fans all gathered around the stadium wall and entrance to the locker room to get a photo or signatures of the great…Carlos Mendes, Hunter Gorskie, Ayoze Garcia Perez, Dane Murphy or Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. After a few more on field interviews, Zachary and I proceeded to make our way to the locker room passing the fan’s as they high fived him or shouted “way to go”. Just before we entered the building…we heard. “Zachary Autograph, Autograph“. Zachary didn’t think much of it and proceeded to move forward thinking the request was for a “real” player. The little boy moved quickly through the crowd and once again shouted..“Autograph, Autograph”. Zachary stopped and grabbed the little boy’s autograph book and proceeded in his best penmanship to sign his name. As I mentioned above…that was “The Most Memorable Moment”. Zachary’s name will live on forever with some of the greatest players on the field of soccer.
So I say to…Seamus O’Brien, Chairman; Erik Stover, Chief Operating Officer; Giovanni Savarese – Head Coach; Carlos Mendes – Defender & Team Captain, David Hochman – Director of Marketing & Public Relations & The Entire Cosmos Organizations.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and delivering on a little boys dream !!
Deena, David, Matthew and Zachary (#2 Cosmos)
It Takes A Village!!