New York Cosmos in discussions with experienced NASL midfielder Lance Laing

Lance Laing [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

TICC has independently learned that the New York Cosmos have been in negotiations with midfielder Lance Laing, who spent last season with Minnesota United. The Jamaican international started 12 of 19 appearances for the Loons in 2016, scoring one goal.

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.

Lance Laing [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC}

“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.

13 thoughts on “New York Cosmos in discussions with experienced NASL midfielder Lance Laing

  1. I say go all the way up and pick up Erick “Guti” Gutierrez, Arturo Gonzalez, or Orbelin Pineda. No one is going to buy a Laing jersey. Laing doesn’t move the attendance needle and neither does Amauri. How about seeing some local guys like Guenzatti or Diosa out there? (i know, injured and signed with a ML$ jr franchise) Or just make some real noise and call up Balotelli.

    • I guess Laing is good for Nasl, Amauri is a world known player even if a bit old, if Diskerud comes too on loan the team is perfect,Balotelli won’t come at least for now and then I don’t like him he’s a ****head

      • Laing is perfect for Miami.
        No one is coming to MCU to see Amauri, an old serie A journeyman.
        Diskerud should become a fashion designer or do commercials for Vidal Sassoon.
        Open your heart and let Balotelli in.

        • Amauri could move a bit the needle but Cosmos must lure people to MCU as a whole, not because some old european or south American star

    • Laing opposite of Restrepo would really fit in well with how the Cosmos play, and help them compete in the NASL, which helps them survive until next year. That really seems like the overall goal of the league, which means we likely won’t see any Samaras, Bravo, Arango, Cole, Torrado type signings anywhere until things are a little more concrete.

      All of those players you mentioned are too young and valuable to be brought in without a mega fee, which doesn’t make sense right now.

      Balotelli is still playing at a high level in Europe, and it’s tough to see him crossing the pond now, but he is likely finished with Nice. I’m excited to see how Flores does this year, as he should be the main man in the middle, but I wouldn’t mind if they bring in someone with a higher profile to play next to him and stay in the 4-1-4-1 they had last year. If not I bet they go back to the 4-2-3-1.

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    • I wouldn’t say they aren’t looking to do that. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but Lucas Mendes and Antonio Matarazzo could definitely fit that mold (especially Mendes). They’re both supposedly in talks with the team. Still, I really like the pieces Gio has put together on short notice.

      Point remains the same though, I just don’t think we see a “name” player this year for the Cosmos or really in NASL. I could be wrong, but if we do I think it’s going to be an Eastern European attacker of some form. I would love to have the Cosmos build a youth movement and work as a transitional team between the Americans and Europe. It fits their style of play and brand recognition, but it doesn’t make sense at the NASL level. As it stands now the team looks like they’ll be competitive at the league level, which for someone who was flirting with folding just two months ago, is a pretty good turn around.

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