Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco have returned to their native Venezuela and both midfielders have signed for Zulia FC, according to club president César Farías.
“It’s the signing of the year in America,” claimed Farías, speaking about the return of Arango to club football in Venezuela.
“For two months, it’s been a done deal that if we qualified for Copa Libertadores, Juan Fernando Arango would be with us. We just had to plan a few things,” he added.
Arango claimed the NASL Golden Ball last season, becoming the modern Cosmos’ leading scorer, tallying 15 goals and adding seven assists in the 29 games he played, all starts.
Orozco started 16 of 20 matches, scoring six times with one assist.
“We’re covering our lack of international experience with the return of the most important player in the history of Venezuelan soccer, Juan Arango.”One other piece that won’t be returning is defensive midfielder Adam Moffat. The Scottish player struck eight times last season, along with an assist, starting 15 of his 22 appearances.
“Adam is someone that we pursued for quite a while,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle in a club release. “He has something that we need in the middle of the pitch; he is strong, consistent and has experience. He can score goals from distance which adds another dimension to our midfield.”