Mkosana joins the New York Cosmos

ZIMBABWEAN striker Lucky Mkosana last Friday signed with North American Soccer League side New York Cosmos where he will join legendary former Real Madrid striker Raúl, who will play for the club and be the academy’s technical advisor.

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Mkosana (27) joins New York Cosmos from Tampa Bay Rowdies and he confirmed the deal to Southern Eye Sport on Monday night.

“I signed with New York Cosmos on Friday for next year,” Mkosana said.

According to the club’s website: “Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I’m extremely excited about joining the team,” Mkosana said.. “The Cosmos play an attacking style that really suits my strengths and I believe this is a good fit for me.”

The club, which plays in the North American Soccer League, a feeder to the US Major League Soccer, is coached by former Venezuelan footballer Giovanni Savarese. Savarase is quoted in the Cosmos website saying: “Lucky adds pace, strength and is a goal-scoring threat. He gives our attacking options a real boost.”

Mkosana scored four goals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay Rowdies.

After an outstanding stint at Dartmouth, he was selected by MLS side Chicago Fire in 2012 in the second round of the league’s SuperDraft, but never signed for the club which also had Chicken Inn’s Mkhokheli Dube who had moved from New England Revolution.

Mkosana instead joined the Harrisburg City Islanders for which he scored 20 goals in the USL Pro League.

Raúl (37) joined Cosmos last month and will start playing for the club in January.

Other international legends who have played for New York Cosmos include Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the Brazilian better known as Pelé, former German international Franz Beckenbauer and another Brazilian Carlos Alberto.

Pelé is honorary president of the New York Cosmos.

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