by JAKE NUTTING
The New York Cosmos have added a midfielder to their roster, a player who is well acquainted with the North American Soccer League — Richard Menjivar.
New York will be the fifth stop in the NASL for the 26-year-old California native since he first landed in the league with the Atlanta Silverbacks for the 2013 season. After Atlanta, Menjivar moved to the San Antonio Scorpions for a two-year stint in which he helped the team lift the Soccer Bowl Trophy before moving on to the Tampa Bay Rowdies and then Rayo OKC last year.
“We are very content to have Richard join the Cosmos,” Cosmos Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He is a versatile midfielder who understands the game and will bring valuable experience to the squad.”
Although he made a few appearances in the U.S. U-18 team, Menjivar elected to commit to El Salvador as a senior international. Since making his debut on the international stage in 2013, he has become a regular for El Salvador, earning 36 appearances and scoring one goal.
Menjivar joins two of his Salvadorean teammates, Andrés Flores and Irvin Herrera, in New York. The threesome recently contributed in the El Salvador’s successful qualification for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup by finishing third in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana.
“I’m honored to wear the Cosmos jersey this season,” Menjivar said. “This is an iconic organization that has achieved tremendous success through generations. “I look forward to training hard and improve every day so I can contribute to the overall success of the team.”