Official: Bolivian international Yasmani Duk joins Cosmos on loan

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The New York Cosmos announced the signing of Yasmani Duk today, putting an end to a waiting period that began a month ago. Terms of the deal were not announced by the team, but the player and his agent had previously stated that the the deal would be for a one-year loan with an option for the club to buy his contract.

Duk is a 27-year-old Bolivian striker who most recently played for Sport Boys Warnes, where he appeared in 14 matches and scored 5 goals, helping them to a Torneo Arpertura title and qualification for the 2017 Copa Libertadores.

Duk spent the bulk of his career playing for Oriente Petrolero, with the organization from 2010-2015, with a loan stint spent at La Paz FC for the 2012-2013 season. Prior to the loan, he averaged a handful of appearances per season for Petrolero, but after a 38 game start, 7 goal performance at La Paz, he played a bigger part with parent team with 35 games, 9 goals in 2013-14 and 26 games, 12 goals in 2014-15. He also saw time in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana across the last two seasons.

Yasmani Duk (Photo: Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Yasmani Duk (Photo: Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

Duk has also become more active on the Bolivian national team, making four appearances and scoring a goal towards the end of 2015 in World Cup qualifying.

“Yasmani’s breakthrough to the national team shows he is playing at a high level,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “He will bring another dimension to our attack.”

This is a great pick-up for the Cosmos as they pick up an offensive talent that will reinforce a depleted forward corps consisting of Lucky Mkosana and Jairo Arrieta.

“This move to New York to join the Cosmos marks the beginning of a new journey for me,” said Duk. “I can’t wait to contribute to this great team. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

 

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