EoS has learned the New York Cosmos are targeting 2012 Honduran Olympic Captain Johnny Leveron and American goalkeeper Diego Restrepo.
Leveron, 22, has featured heavily as a defender for Honduran club Motagua since 2009. He played a prominent role in Honduras’ impressive quarterfinal Olympic run last year.
A product of C.D. Promesas youth academy and a fixture on the international stage, Leveron featured for his country on all levels – from Under 17 to the senior side – earning 19 caps for La Bicolor since 2010. The young defender was recently released by Motagua after negotiations for a new contract fell through.
Sources tell us their is “mutual interest” in securing a deal.
Adding to their defensive building blocks, the team has also been in contact with Diego Restrepo. The 24 year old Venezuelen born goalkeeper has featured with the United States on both the U-17 and U-20 level. Living in Florida, he joined the Bradenton Academy and went on to be a standout for the University of Virginia. His first professional contract came with Colombia’s America de Cali. Once relegated, he moved back to his native Venezuela where he now represents Deportivo Táchira as a backup.
In anticipation of their Fall 2013 NASL debut, the Cosmos have made it their goal to pick up players through both the winter and summer transfer windows. Once secured, they plan on loaning these players to other clubs in order to keep them active and ready for their eventual debut.
The Cosmos have long been rumored as a strong contender in Major League Soccer’s push for a second New York franchise.