Cosmos in “advanced discussions” with Argentine Primera defender, Samuel Cáceres

Samuel Caceres Cosmos

The New York Cosmos are inching closer towards a new defensive addition.

EOS has learned New York are in “advanced” conversations with Paraguayan defender, Samuel Cáceres.  Paraguayan journalist Bruno Pont first reported news of the proposed union over Twitter.

The deal, however, is not quite complete.  According to one source, both sides are near finalization with discussions now hinging over Nueva Chicago’s compensation for the 25-year-old defender.

Cáceres has performed in both the Argentine first and second division.  He debuted in 2009 for Independiente de Avellaneda in the Argentine Primera and recently helped Nueva Chicago ascend to the first division, playing in 12 matches and earning 11 starts for the former B-division side.

The 6′ tall, 180 pound defender would be an immediate contender for minutes at the heart of the Cosmos defense.  Currently, the team counts Carlos Mendes, 34, and Roversio, 31, as their main starters.  Mendes, who will turn 35 this December, has played a steady role on the club’s backline. Age, however, remains a major concern.  Roversio, meanwhile, had been ravaged by injuries throughout 2014, forcing the Cosmos to scramble for options, throwing defenders Hunter Gorskie and Hunter Freeman on the spot in a pinch.

Once acquired, Cáceres would join a razor-thin Cosmos defensive corps which currently boasts all of five players (Mendes, Roversio, Gorskie, Freeman and Ayoze).

Here is video of the defender in action:

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