New York Cosmos Add Pair Of Signings Ahead Of Opening Night

Canadian international Dejan Jaković and Emmanuel Ledesma join the club
NASL Staff (@naslofficial} | Mar 23, 2017

The New York Cosmos announced today the signing of center back Dejan Jaković ahead of the 2017 NASL season. The deal is pending International Transfer Certificate approval. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We welcome Dejan to the organization,” Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He is a very seasoned player who can add positive things to the squad. We look forward to seeing him on the pitch.”

Jaković, 31, began playing professional soccer in Canada before moving to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in 2008. He joined MLS’s D.C. United in 2009, helping the club lift the 2013 U.S. Open Cup trophy. After that season, Jaković was transferred to Japanese club, Shimizu S-Pulse, until signing with the New York Cosmos.

The Canadian international made his senior debut in 2008 and represented his country during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jaković has been a key contributor for the national side, continuing to help strengthen their defense.

“It is a great honor to join the New York Cosmos,” Jaković said. “This is a team with great history and numerous accomplishments. I am delighted to play for such prestigious club.”

The Cosmos also announced the signing of Argentine midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma. The 28-year-old spent his professional career playing in Italy, England, Argentina and Greece, now adding to the New York Cosmos midfield.

“Emanuel joined the team during preseason and showed some interesting progress,” Savarese said. “He will definitely add depth and quality to our squad, as we look to open the 2017 season in great fashion.”

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