“Amauri has had an extended career in European soccer and his experience will definitely be an asset to the club,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “He is a difficult forward to play against because of his size, speed and technique.”
Amauri spent 2000-2016 across 10 clubs in Serie A or Serie B, including stints at Napoli, Parma, Fiorentina and Juventus. He left Torino of Serie A early in 2016 and scored over 80 goals during his time at the top level of Italian soccer.
Born in Brazil, the striker claimed Italian citizenship and later represented the Azzurri in one appearance.“The New York Cosmos is one of the most storied soccer clubs in the world, as well as the defending NASL Champions,” said Amauri. “I look forward to helping the team win yet another championship.”
Amauri joins Ivan Herrera as the 2017 forward options for the New York Cosmos. While he did have inconsistent appearances last season, he did find the net in the NASL already, including one memorable bicycle kick from last season with Ft. Lauderdale.
He does, however, present the option of having a big man up top, similar to Gaston Cellerino, who made a major impact in the later stages of the 2015 season. Time will tell how this plays out.