Cosmos Notes: Madrid makes swoop for Raul, Noselli leaves club, more

Raul Cosmos

The New York Cosmos are in a holding pattern as they continue to seek out the signature of Spanish legend Raul Gonzalez.

As they lie in wait, a mighty suitor has joined the chase.

According to several reports out of Spain, Real Madrid has joined the hunt for their former striker — and their offer is enticing. Raul would reportedly join Carlo Ancelotti’s technical staff, alongside fellow Madrid legend Fernando Hierro, bringing him back to the club of his fame.

Raúl, 37, is currently taking a break from football as he awaits the playoff stages of the AFC Champions League. Despite completing his contract with Al Sadd, he has agreed to stay on board until his club’s run is complete.

The Spanish striker has been strongly linked to the Cosmos over the past several months. Both Marcos Senna and technical director Giovanni Savarese met with Raul during a preseason trip to Dubai earlier in the year. Sources have told EOS that a deal between the parties is still likely to be done this year, giving Raul the chance of taking part in the Fall Championship season.

However, a call back to his beloved Madrid could be a game changer.


The New York Cosmos suffered a big loss this week, with Italian striker Alessandro Noselli leaving the club.

The 33-year-old striker returned to his homeland to be with his ailing father. While he had hopes of returning to the Cosmos, conditions have changed forcing Noselli to stay in Italy.

“Unfortunately for us we lost a good player, a good person, a part of the family and I just wanted to make it public that it’s a decision he has made,” Savarese said.

The Cosmos’ coach left the door open for a possible return.


In another telling roster move, playmaker Paulo Mendes has been loaned to Venezuelan club Metropolitano Futbol Club.

“We believe Metropolitanos F.C. will offer Paulo an excellent opportunity to grow as a player,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. “We know he is going to be in an excellent environment where we will be able to monitor his progress.”

Mendes, 24, scored three goals in 16 appearances with the team.

  • He’d be crazy to pass up the Real Madrid gig.

  • Anthony

    Time to call time on the 37 year old Raul thing…

  • Joey

    I don’t think it would be wise to wait on Raul after this news, because if him not coming to the Cosmos right now, instead of staying with Al Sadd for the Asian Champions League, wasn’t a sign, this definitely should be. He’s going to be offered a coaching position with the team. You don’t really get that opportunity often and I think he jumps on that immediately. I don’t know if the Cosmos have any realistic chance of convincing him otherwise. They’ll have to wait another month to convince him, which is at least 6 games (all of August). That leaves him 6 games to play, at which point, why even bother?
    Also, if Al Sadd somehow advances, then he’s not going to come this year. Paulo Mendes has been loaned out, Noselli isn’t coming back this season, Diaz and Senna are still injured and the offense is struggling, I think they need to look elsewhere. I was excited about the Raul talk, but him stating he wants to extend his run with Al Sadd has turned me off the whole thing. Cosmos, move on!

    • i totally agree, move on & use that money on a name that will put butts in the seats & Score some goals.

  • LOL


  • Razor

    No way Raul passed up a Real Madrid coaching gig, but man is that disappointing. Raul was a childhood hero of mine, I would have loved to see him play in NY. But yeah, Cosmos need to move on, and sign a big name or three.

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