In what is certainly a throwback to the 1970's and 80's, NASL side New York Cosmos have signed a big name striker with plenty of international pedigree.
But instead of a Brazilian joining the Bronx based side, it is former Real Madrid and Spain star Raul that has made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to link up with The Cosmos.
it was reported yesterday that the two sides had come to an agreement, and was officially confirmed today that the 37-year old would become the next in a long line of star names to grace the Green and White of The Cosmos.
Moving to New York
Raul signed a multi-year contract with the North American Soccer League team that will see him continue playing professionally after last appearing in the Qatari Stars League last season.
The former captain of the Spanish national side will join the Cosmos ahead of the 2015 season, but his role at the club is not limited to the playing field. Raúl will also serve as technical advisor for the New York Cosmos Youth Academy, which is slated to open in 2015 and will take full control of the academy upon his retirement.
“Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously,” - Raúl.
“They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honored to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that,” the Spaniard said according to the club website.
Raul made 550 La Liga appearances and 741 total appearances for Real Madrid – both of which club records, and he served as the side's captain from 2003-2010, while scoring a club-record 323 total goals across all competitions. His 228 goals in La Liga are also a Real record and the fourth highest total all-time in Spanish league history.
“Raúl’s long list of accolades speaks for itself. He’s recognized worldwide as one of the greatest players of his generation and we are now thrilled to welcome him to New York,” Cosmos' Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said.