Cosmos Officially Sign Venezuelan Legend Juan Arango

Juan Arango

by JAKE NUTTING

The New York Cosmos made things official with Juan Arango today, signing the veteran to a contract for the 2016 after weeks of speculation that he would join the club.

The Venezuelan, who turns 36 in May, joins the Cosmos from Liga MX side Xolos de Tijuana, where he scored 11 goals in 45 appearances over the past two years. Before his recent stint in Mexico, Arango enjoyed a lengthy and successful run in Europe. His first European stop was at Mallorca in La Liga where he earned nearly 200 appearances and notched 45 goals for the club. He then followed that up with a move to Borussia Mönchengladbach for another productive run of 150 appearances and 25 goals.

“Juan is a player who has demonstrated great quality throughout his career,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “He brings a tremendous amount of skill and experience with him and his leadership, on and off the pitch, will be very important for us this year.”

Arango began his career in his native Venezuela Nueva Cadiz but ultimately finished his time in the country at powerhouse club Caracas FC. His lone year in Caracas in 2000 is where he drew the attention of foreign clubs and it is also where he became acquainted with Savarese.

“I’m pleased to have this opportunity to sign with a legendary club like the New York Cosmos,” said Arango. “Another key factor for me for joining the club is my relationship with Gio, I’m looking forward to joining him again since our time together at Caracas FC.”

The attacking midfielder retired from international duty in September of last year as one of the most celebrated players in the history of Venezuela. He wore the captain’s armband for the majority o his record 128 appearances and is the all-time leading scorer with 23 goals.

  • Kevin

    Dave or Jake anything on Yasmani Duk yet?

  • Anthony

    Very solid signing for the Cosmos

    • DanGerman

      So I’m guessing he replaces Restrepo then? Nice pickup either way the team needs creative players badly.

      • Anthony

        Probably more of a Senna replacement, but yeah I suspect he has some positional versatility.