And then there were seven.
The New York Cosmos acquisition bonanza continued this afternoon as the team announced the signing of former Columbus Crew defender Korey Veeder and the Cosmos’ former PDL captain, Dane Murphy.
Veeder, 21, started his professional soccer career at the age of 18 with then USSF Division Two Pro side Crystal Palace Baltimore. He earned 20 starts his first season before moving on to the Columbus Crew through weighted lottery. The former U.S. U-20 defender failed to crack the lineup with Columbus and was subsequently cut in the midst of the 2012 season. He earned $44k a year with the Crew.
Murphy, 26, like Stefan Dimitrov, is a familiar face to those who have followed the Cosmos during their resurrection. As a four-year starter at the University of Virginia, Murphy began his professional career locally with DC United in 2008. From there, he moved to VFL Osnabrück of the German third tier before returning to the United States. He was one of a handful of players selected by the Cosmos to represent the team in the Paul Scholes Testimonial match of 2011.
Veeder and Murphy round out the club’s current roster which includes former Red Bulls Hunter Freeman and Carlos Mendes, former Chicago Fire striker Stefan Dimitrov, former RSL keeper Kyle Reynish and former Sporting Gijon midfielder Ayoze.
They are a single player short of their designated aim of acquiring 8-10 players during the winter months. The Cosmos are expected to fill the rest of their roster during the summer transfer window.