The New York Cosmos unveiled Spanish legend Raul at a press conference on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old striker signed a multi-year contract at the NASL club where he will also serve as a technical director for the new academy opening in 2015. Raul discussed his excitement over the prospect of playing for the club and helping develop youths through the academy.
Hard to argue against that, Raul has a lot of miles on that body. The Spaniard, who scored 323 goals in 741 matches for Real Madrid went on to net 40 times in two years at Schalke 04 and nine times in two years at Al-Sadd Sports Club before arriving Stateside.
The key to Raul’s deal with the Cosmos seems to be that he’ll run the club’s academy after his retirement from playing, although he did leave some wiggle room just in case one particular job comes through.
“My plan is to build an academy, and work on this project with the Cosmos,” Raul said. “It won’t take six months for this kind of big project, but I’m committed to being here with the Cosmos now. If I return to Spain at any given time, for obvious reasons it would probably be with Real Madrid.
Whatever I’m doing here now with the Cosmos would be a great experience to go and apply with Real Madrid, or anywhere else. This is a great project that I’m embracing very much.”Follow @mikeprindi