After recent reports indicated the end of the New York Cosmos’ pursuit of Georgios Samaras, rumors of new signing targets had rapidly vanished. Fans wondering who the club might go after next and a wait for any new signings from the club began as nearly every other team in the NASL made at least one.
We may finally have an answer.
Juan Arango, currently with Club Tijuana of Liga MX, has been linked to the New York side by a report from Noticia al Dia. The Xolos player has indicated that New York will be the next destination in his career.
“There are various MLS clubs interested in me, but the most concrete offer has come from the New York Cosmos, who are directed by Giovanni Savarese,” said the former Venezuelan national team captain.
We reached out to the Cosmos for a statement on the link. A club spokesperson commented, “There is no doubt Arango is a great player. However, he is currently under contract with another club.”
The 35-year-old midfielder has had a great career. After starting in Venezuela with Nueva Cadiz/Zulianos FC, a stint with Caracas FC led to his purchase by CF Monterrey of Liga MX. Following additional seasons with CF Pachuca and Puebla FC, he made the jump to La Liga, joining RCD Mallorca from 2004-2009 and leading the club in scoring for the 2005-2006 season. Sold to Bundesliga side Börussia Monchengladbach in 2009, he would stay with them until 2014, returning to Mexico and playing for Club Tijuana.
Arango remains the most capped player in Venezuelan history with 129 appearances and still leads them with 25 goals. “El Capi” left the Vinotinto in 2015 just this September.
At 35, Arango has no plans for retirement yet.
“I still haven’t raised the idea of retirement from professional football yet. I see myself playing until I’m 37 or 39.”
This is a pretty exciting moment, Cosmos fans. What do you think?