Adam Moffat, Juan Arango, Yohandry Orozco sign with new clubs

Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco celebrate at the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

According to reports, the Cosmos may be on the verge of recalling most of the members of the 2016 Championship squad, but at least three key components from last year’s team won’t be a factor going forward.

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.”

Adam Moffat holds the Fall trophy with Jimmy Maurer [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

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.”

 

 

7 thoughts on “Adam Moffat, Juan Arango, Yohandry Orozco sign with new clubs

  1. Lucky won’t be coming back either, now that he has the chance to play in the Champions League. And we can’t kidnap from Szetela from SF, can we?

    • Let’s not start to waste money on old player as the last owner did, let’s try a new approach even if we don’t win right away.

      • Agreed and Donovan is the last person needed in a Cosmos jersey. The salary he commands needs to be put towards advertising in 718, greasing the palms of city officials to get a stadium built in subway accessible NYC or perhaps most importantly, the salary of 5 other strong players aged 17-20. If we are going to talk crazy, lets discuss Balotelli to Cosmos 2018. I can see it now: Saraghina’s in Bed Stuy, backwards Brooklyn Cyclones hat, Biggie t shirt, sitting next to a smiling Spike Lee who already has a Balotelli jersey on.

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