Few moves were made around the NASL in the final stretch of February, but one of those moves was made by the Cosmos.
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The Eddies made one addition to their attacking corps, signing American forward Jason Plumhoff. The 24-year-old attacking mid spent last season with the Harrisburg City Islanders and notched 10 goals in his 22 appearances.
Miami signs another keeper in Lionel Brown. The 28-year-old spent the last four seasons with the Strikers, making four appearances last year. That makes two former NASL keepers from Florida with them. David Sierra signed with them earlier after spending 2015 with the Armada.
After signing his twin Pedro, Puerto Rico FC signed 25-year-old midfielder Paulo Mendes. The ex-New York Cosmos player was with the Silverbacks (and his brother) last year, starting 7 of his 15 appearances. Before that, he spent the last two seasons with the Cosmos.
They also signed Puerto Rican national team player Jorge Rivera. He can be utilized as forward or midfielder.
First up was 30-year-old forward Robbie Findley. The US international played at the World Cup in South Africa. He joins from Toronto FC where he made 26 appearances and scored twice. He also spent six years with Real Salt Lake and time with Nottingham Forest.
Rayo next signed Richard Menjivar, a midfielder who spent last season with the Rowdies, making 13 appearances and scoring once after being loaned there by the Scorpions for whom he made one appearance in 2015. He spent 2014 with San Antonio and 2013 with Atlanta. Menjivar, who was both an El Salvador and US youth international, now plays for the El Salvador MNT.
Tampa Bay made one move to close out the month. Eric Avila was signed to a one-year contract with a club option for 2017. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder spent last season on loan to Orlando City SC from Santos Laguna of Liga MX, and started 15 of his 21 appearances, scoring once. He spent the two years before that with Chivas USA and was with Toronto and Dallas before that.
Getting quieter and quieter. Of the six teams that made moves, four are in preseason match mode and the Eddies just began theirs. Would expect less and less signings from here on out with the obvious exception being the expansions teams.
Not sure, how I feel about Farfán, yet. The utility aspect he offers is a nice touch and I still need to watch the Fresno footage, but the San Jose match didn’t really impress me. Then again, it’s his second preseason match against an MLS side that was playing its final friendly prior to their season start. We’ll see how it goes as preseason continues.
I was hoping the off-season would be a nice relaxing time after our first year of recording the Cosmos Country Podcast but all of these signings have worn me out.
That being said, Rayo OKC will be interesting to watch as the Findlay signing could be something to watch. Here is a guy with MLS and US National Team experience and is still only 30 years old. He could be a Golden Boot contender in 2016.
Puerto Rico is just starting to fill out their roster and I imagine we will see more and more signings over the next few months, however, we will be in full Spring Season mode so many of those signings might go unnoticed.
We are a month away from the first matches. Can we get down to it already?