The New York Cosmos announced today that two more players have agreed to join the Cosmos: midfielder Joseph Nane and defender Juan Gonzalez.
Nane is a 25-year-old Cameroonian central midfielder. He joins the Cosmos after playing for the Colorado Rapids in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Last year, he made nine appearances for the Rapids, scoring one goal.
The 6’2” midfielder moved to the United States in 2006 to play soccer at Old Dominion University, the alma mater of his new teammate Carlos Mendes. A four-year starter in college, Nane led ODU with 15 points his senior season before being drafted by Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. Nane made 18 appearances in all competitions in his rookie season prior to being traded to Colorado in 2011.
“When you watch Joseph play, you can quickly see the commanding physical presence he has on the field,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “The combination of his defensive skill and stature should help us a lot in the middle of the pitch.”
Juan Gonzalez, 25, is a left sided defender from Cali, Colombia who spent his college career at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Savarese spotted Gonzalez at this year’s NASL Combine before inviting him to the Cosmos Combine where he turned in another impressive effort.
“Juan is a versatile defender who can help solidify the depth we plan to have on our team,” Savarese said. “He’s a hard-worker that I expect will grow well with the Cosmos.”
The New York Cosmos will return to the NASL, beginning play at James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in the 2013 NASL Fall Championship and the club is currently taking deposits on season tickets.