Cosmos Add Kenyan International David Ochieng to Back Line

David Ochieng Cosmos


The New York Cosmos announced on Tuesday the addition of Kenyan national team centerback David Ochieng to their defensive core for the 2016 season. New York will be the 23-year-old’s first experience playing stateside.

“We’re excited to have David here with us for the 2016 season,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “He is a young, talented national team player that can come here and enhance our strength in the middle of our defense.”

Ochieng got his first professional start with his hometown club, Nairobi Stima, at 18 in Kenya’s second division in 2011. He didn’t register any appearances for the club that year, but he managed to find consistent playing time with his move to Tusker FC the following year. The centerback earned 18 appearances and scored twice in two seasons with Tusker and the club was the Kenyan Premier League champion in that first season.

Ochieng moved on to the top division of Saudi Arabia, where he made 52 appearances over two years while with Al-Taawoun FC.

The defender has become a regular of the Kenyan national team since making his debut in 2013, appearing in numerous World Cup Qualifying matches. Thus far, Ochieng has 15 caps and four goals for his home country.

“Joining the New York Cosmos is a privilege,” said Ochieng. “I know this is a team with great history, and one that now prides itself on strong defense. I hope to contribute to that reputation through hard work.”

Ochieng joins a Cosmos back line that conceded the second fewest goals in the NASL last year (30).

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  • Classy balls

    And no nasl team is going to pick up Ronaldinho?
    He will sell out your high school stadium and make your team the IT in your city.

    • Ty\’s

      Well Larry, I think it’s because the CPL may want him.

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      • Larry\’s A Simpleton

        lol at you jerk offs. i have never posted under a fake name. i dont have to. its so easy to get under your skin i want full credit each and every time i make you cry for your mommy. i love it that im in your heads. you fanboys are a pisser!

        will the f.cosmos actually get more than 1000 people to a game at the lacrosee stadium this year? nope. know why? nobody in new york gives a **** about the minor league f.cosmos. ROFLMBBAO!!!

  • Yadda Yadda

    I really like these acquisitions. Lots of young talent coming from interesting places. Though I hope the organization doesn’t ignore the local talent hereabouts.

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