Deadline, Monday; Cosmos could sign Raul for Fall season


Did Raul see enough from the New York Cosmos to put his signature on the dotted line?

We may find out this Monday.

Speaking after a 0-0 draw against Indy Eleven Saturday night, head coach and technical director Giovanni Savarese addressed Raul’s presence at last night’s match.  While skirting the team’s interest in the player, he did slyly reveal that the club would have until the NASL’s roster freeze, Monday at 5PM, to sign players — leaving the option open for Raul’s arrival in the Fall Championship season.

“I can not comment on players that are not signed for us,” Savarese began. “Right now, he is a spectator.”

“Yes, he was in the building.  In fact, you saw him, so I cannot lie to you guys, but he came to watch a soccer game, to watch the team, and then at the end, he’ll put his thoughts together and see what he wants to do.”

Savarese adds: “We still have availability until 5 o’clock on Monday to sign anybody.”

Raul’s presence confirms months of speculation linking the player with the Cosmos.  Both Savarese and club leader Marcos Senna traveled to Qatar to advance conversations earlier this year.  Then, an appealing offer to become part of the Real Madrid technical staff gave the Spanish legend a different option to consider.  Not to be outdone, Qatar is also calling with an enticing offer to lead the Aspire Academy.

Senna admits he is trying his hardest to convince Raul to extend his career another season, but the decision ultimately lies with him.

“I hope so, but I am not sure,” Senna said of Raul’s possible acquisition.  “He is interested, but he isn’t sure what he will do — play another year here or go elsewhere and not play again.  He just doesn’t know so we have to wait.”

“It’s a pleasure for me to see my friend.  I have been speaking to him for some time.  It’s a plus for us and a motivation for us to win.  It’s just a shame we couldn’t win in front of him,” he said, adding, “I told him this is a family.  The doors are open.  He would be more than welcome here.”

Whether that invitation is accepted this year, next, or ever, remains to be seen.