Longtime Cosmos Player David Diosa Signs With OKC Energy

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by JAKE NUTTING

New York Cosmos supporters got the good news that their team will continue competing in the 2017 NASL season earlier this week, but they’ll have to face the new season without one of the players who has been there since day one of the modern era.

David Diosa, 24, has inked a deal with the USL’s Oklahoma City Energy FC after spending the first four years of his professional career with the Cosmos. Diosa was a local product of the Cosmos, having grown up in Jackson Heights and coming up through the team’s youth squads before signing with the first team ahead of the reboot season in 2013.

“I choose to sign with Energy FC because I’ve heard nothing but good things about the organization and team,” said Diosa in the Energy’s press release. “I know the team is competitive and its aiming high. Really excited to be here and reach the goals set for the team this year.”

This past year was Diosa’s most productive with the Cosmos. Over the last year, he made 23 of his 39 appearances for the team in their run to hoisting the 2016 Soccer Bowl trophy. He also tallied three goals and three assists to aid the Cosmos in becoming the most lethal attack in the NASL.

Capable of playing any position down the left side of the field, Diosa will be a tough piece for Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese to replace as he works to rebuild his roster from the ground up. Diosa joins a long list of players from the 2016 Cosmos squad that have already signed on with new teams. The current list includes Juan Arango, Yohandry Orozco, Yasmani Duk, Adam Moffat, Jairo Arrieta, Lucky Mkosana, Jimmy Ockford and Danny Szetela.

Savarese confirmed on Tuesday that defenders Ryan Richter and David Ochieng and U.S youth international Eric Calvillo are the only players currently under contract for the new season. Talks to bring back more players to the Cosmos are ongoing.