Former Cosmo Raul new U.S. La Liga Director; staying in N.Y.

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Raul’s future will be in New York City, but it is not the role anyone would have imagined.

The former New York Cosmos striker has been named the new General Director for La Liga in the United States by league President, Javier Tebas.

“Raul is coming to direct our offices in the United States,” Tebas told reporters. “It isn’t important because an icon of world football will be running the show. Instead, it is because he will be a great manager. He will have a direct relationship with our broadcasters, will be close to the institutions of soccer in the United States, will work with of our attorneys to try and stave off piracy, and also to coordinate with schools and work with media relations.”

While that seems a laundry list of duties, Raul will mainly be concerned with promoting La Liga as a whole.

“The easiest thing for me to do would have been to hang up my boots and become a coach,” Raul explained. “But this, for me, is a more important challenge. I am uniting with one of the most important brands in the world. It is a road that will enrich me more so if I one day decide to become a manager.

“It is time to take on new challenges,” he continued. “New, and different things await me, but we will have a great team. We will work together to expand the brand in the United States.”


 

On the surface, Raul’s new role may seem to spell the end of his potential involvement with the New York Cosmos academy.

However, the star striker will be in New York for three more years, coinciding with his original deal with the Cosmos. While Tebas describes a a gargantuan position for Raul as their U.S. representative, Raul’s take is more demure; the kind of role one would use to describe a brand ambassador. Last month, club Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese said the Cosmos made “progress” in securing Raul in an ambassador/youth advisement role. It is entirely feasible that Raul take a more reduced role than originally agreed with the club while tending to his duties with La Liga.

Of course, we will be following this story as it unfolds. For now, what is your take Cosmos fans?

 

  • Jules

    Say what??

  • The Real insider

    What a shock!!!!

    After he saw with his own eyes that the NASL is minor leagues soccer in the US, he decided to move on.

    Smart man.

  • Mrs. Garber

    Director of what??
    Does this job even exist??

  • Don Garber

    I have a spot for Raul to run Chivas USA.
    He will do a better jon than me.

  • Suzy

    Cosmos, MLS, whoever…..we’ve seen this formula before. I’m tired of rent a name approach. US soccer leagues on par with North Korea. Enough already.
    No story here.

  • David Carlin, Farm Animal Molester

    Disappointing. But at least he came to play and played all season. Unlike the other big NY signing who decided to stay in Manchester and ride the bench rather than play a full season in MLS.

  • Anonymous

    What the hell is US la liga??

  • Luke

    what is he going to do on piracy?…

  • Claudio Reyna

    Sounds better than my job.

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    Raul Gonzalez TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN Blanco. Cant blame the guys for ditching the f.cosmos. bet you they probably bounced a couple of checks.

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