Should Laing be signed, the Cosmos would become his fourth NASL club. The midfielder has been a part of the league since 2011, playing two seasons with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and three with FC Edmonton prior to joining United. In all, he’s made 128 league appearances, starting 117 of them and finding the net 19 times with 16 assists.
Along the way, he’s become one of only four players to take NASL Best XI honors three times. Former United teammates Christian Ramirez and Justin Davis and potential Cosmos teammate Carlos Mendes are the other three.
Laing, who turns 29 this month, would fill a spot vacated by the loss of Ruben Bover this offseason. His area of expertise is on the left side of the midfield, but he’s also able to perform on the back line.“He’s a powerful left-footed player who strikes a really good ball, both from set pieces and within the run of play,” commented Minnesota United Sporting Director Manny Lagos upon signing Laing last year. “He can get up and down the line, he’s had experience playing both left back and left midfield and sometimes in the proper system left winger. Ultimately he’s got a versatility about him that can make him and our club very dangerous.”
Laing has been called up for the Jamaican national team several times and made appearances for them in 2015 at the Copa America and the Gold Cup.
Should he be signed, he would fill in well as an option on the left side, running parallel to Walter Restrepo on the right with the potential for the club to drive powerful attacks from both wings. The ability to feed the ball to Irvin Herrera or rumored signing Amauri is helpful, but Laing can finish his own chances, making him a potentially valuable addition to the Cosmos offense. His familiarity with the back line and Ayoze’s habit of pushing the attack forward could allow for seamless transitions between the two.
With all but one of last year’s offensive pieces gone, time will tell if Laing joins the roster, which currently stands at 18 players.