Mulligan, Zobeck Join List of Players Returning to Cosmos

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by JAKE NUTTING

Goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck and defender Jimmy Mulligan have joined the growing list of veterans returning to the New York Cosmos for the 2017 North American Soccer League season.

“New York is my home so I’m very happy to be returning to the Cosmos as we look to defend our title,” said Mulligan.

Mulligan, 25, has been with the Cosmos since 2014 but saw his most minutes for the team during last year’s Fall Season. After making 17 appearances while on loan to Swope Park Rangers in the USL at the start of last year, Mulligan returned to the Cosmos and went on to appear in 14 matches to help claim the fall title. In his previous two seasons with the Cosmos, the fullback saw action in just six matches.

Like Mulligan, Zobeck is returning for his fourth season with the Cosmos. He debuted for the team in the final weeks of the 2014 regular season, filling in for regular starter Jimmy Maurer in the lead up to the postseason. The 26-year-old keeper’s 90-minute shift in a 2-1 losing effort at Indy Eleven during the Spring Season was his only appearance of the 2016 season.

Captain Carlos Mendes, midfielder Eric Calvillo, as well as defenders David Ochieng and Ryan Richter have already been confirmed to return for the new season. They’ll be joined by former Tampa Bay Rowdies defensive midfielder Juan Guerra.

“I’m very pleased to see another two players returning to the team,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “With Mendes, Ochieng and Richter already on the roster, we are starting to build up our defense as we look to start our 2017 campaign.”

With only two months before the kick off of the NASL Season on March 25, the Cosmos still have much work to do before the start of the NASL Spring Season on March 25.

“I’m really looking forward to get back to work,” commented Kyle Zobeck. “We’ve only got a couple of months until the season starts but we’ll be ready.”


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