The New York Cosmos announced the signing of center back David Ochieng today, addressing depth concerns in the position. Terms of the 6’2 Kenyan international’s deal were not disclosed.
Ochieng’s joined Nairobi Stima of the Kenyan National Super League at 18. He joined Tusker FC in the first division a year later, making 18 appearances, scoring twice, and helping them to a league title. Most recently, he signed for Al-Taawoun FC in the Saudi Arabian first division. He made 52 appearances for them across the last two seasons, all starts, including 25 starts and a goal last season.
“Joining the New York Cosmos is a privilege,” Ochieng said. “I know this is a team with great history, and one that now prides itself on strong defense. I hope to contribute to that reputation through hard work.”
He has also featured on the Kenyan senior national team, making his debut in 2012 and appearing in both the 2014 and 2018 qualifying matches, including one match just this past October.
“We’re excited to have David here with us for the 2016 season,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “He is a young, talented national team player that can come here and enhance our strength in the middle of our defense.”
Sounds to me like the Cosmos may still rely on Carlos Mendes and Roversio to carry the load, but may call upon two internationals at different levels to fill in when needed: Ochieng and Alexis Velela.
The Cosmos needed depth at CB and this fills that void. With Caceres leaving the club, there was no cover for Mendes and Roversio. While there is not much on Ochieng, Cosmos fans will be anxious to watch him in action.