Cosmos Lose Arango for Rest of the Season

Late season arrival Juan Arango has just a couple months to replicate his magic from last year and help the Cosmos reach the postseason. Photograph by New York Cosmos

Cosmos logoIf the New York Cosmos are going to claw their way into a postseason spot by the end of the North American Soccer League Fall Season, they are going to have to do it without the services of attacker Juan Arango.

Arango, 37, exited shortly before halftime of New York’s 2-2 draw with the San Francisco Deltas on Wednesday night after a nasty fall on the artificial turf at MCU Park in Brooklyn. Cosmos Coach Giovanni Savarese confirmed on Saturday that Arango is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on Monday to repair two fractures and torn ligaments in his right arm.

“Juan is not going to be able to play anymore during the season. He’s completely out. He’s going to have surgery on Monday,” Savarese said. “This has been very unfortunate because he’s a very important player. Right at the moment he was getting back into his shape. Now we’ve lost probably one of the most important players that we have.”

New York’s re-signing of Arango, last year’s NASL Golden Ball winner, in July was heralded as a major coup for the team ahead of the Fall Season. The ongoing political crisis in his native Venezuela prevented Arango from acquiring his visa until late August. Once in camp with the Cosmos, Arango took a few weeks to work up his fitness and earn a spot in the game day roster.

In the end, Arango’s second stint with the Cosmos ended with just 78 minutes played in three appearances, with one assist.

The Cosmos did receive a boost with the return of leading scorer Emmanuel Ledesmda in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina. Ledesma played a half hour as a substitute after missing the last four matches with an injury. The Cosmos will hope the Argentine will be enough to fill the offensive hold left by Arango.