Arango Returns to the Cosmos

IMAGE, NY COSMOS

By JAKE NUTTING

Cosmos logoLucky Mkosana won’t be the only member of last year’s New York Cosmos returning to the team ahead of the North American Soccer League’s Fall Season. The team revealed today that it has re-signed last year’s NASL MVP Juan Arango to reinforce its attack as it looks to claim one of three postseason berths up for grabs.

“We welcome the 2016 NASL MVP, Juan Arango, back to our club,” Cosmos Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “His experience and quality will provide a tremendous resource to our team this year.”

Savarese hinted last week that the team’s next signing would be an impact player. If Arango can offer the same level of productivity as he did last year, his impact is sure to be felt. Arango emerged as the focal point of New York’s attack during the 2016 season, recording 15 goals and 7 assists to carry the Cosmos to the Fall Season title and their second-straight league championship.

Many expected Arango, 37, to retire after returning to his childhood club Zulia FC earlier this year, but the attacking midfielder has instead elected to give it another go with the Cosmos after a solid run in his native Venezuela. In 21 appearances for Zulia this year, Arango scored 4 goals and contributed 5 assists in league play. He also bagged 2 goals and an assist for Zulia in the Copa Libertadores.

“This is a great time for me to return to the Cosmos,” Arango said. “After winning the title last year, one can only feel fortunate to wear this jersey once again. I look forward to step on the pitch and help the team in any way I can.”

The Cosmos kick of their Fall Season against the Spring Season winner Miami FC Saturday night at MCU Park in Brooklyn.