The New York Cosmos announced today that two players have signed contracts for the upcoming season. Peri Marosevic and Henry Lopez agreed to deals after impressing staff on Long Island during the team’s inaugural combine, which featured over 200 participants.
"The quality at the combine was impressive and these players showed very well over the weekend," Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. "They are clearly comfortable with the ball at their feet and they each have decent experience for their ages. These two strengthen us up front and give us different options."
Peri Marosevic, 23, is a forward who most recently played for Croatia’s Junak Sinj. After a standout college career at the University of Michigan, he signed a Generation Adidas contract and was drafted 5th overall by FC Dallas in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
“Peri has tremendous talent on the field and a lot of potential,” Savarese said. “He’s played with very high competition and we recognize that he is determined to get back to that level. After watching him perform like he did at the combine, I can see he’s ready to take that step.”
Marosevic made four appearances with FC Dallas in MLS between 2009 and 2011. He was traded to Toronto FC in July 2011, playing seven league games and scoring two league goals. In 2012, he joined Junak Sinj of Croatia’s second division, where he made four appearances. He has also represented the United States at the U-20 level 14 times and scored five goals between 2008 and 2009.
Henry Lopez, 20, is a Guatemalan striker who most recently played for Tigres de la UANL in Mexico. Lopez has played for his country six times since debuting in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also scored the winning goal for the Guatemala U-20 national team as they knocked off the United States at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in 2011.
"Henry has some really wonderful potential," Savarese said. "He's a very dynamic player who's capable of scoring goals."
Over 500 people applied online for the Cosmos Combine and more than 200 were officially invited to attend.
“This combine was really strong,” Savarese said. “There were a lot of intriguing options and with all the talent that showed up, it's possible that we will take a closer look at a couple more players or invite them for further trials.”
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