Haji Wright’s future club was plenty debated, but few likely tabbed the United States U-17 star to choose to stay home, much less in the second division.
But Wright, who trialed at Schalke this year, has landed with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.
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Wright helped the U.S. qualify for this summer’s U-17 World Cup, and recorded 18 goals and 7 assists in 22 games for the side.
“I’m excited about joining the Cosmos,” said Wright. “The team plays with an attacking mindset that fits my style and I think it’s the perfect environment for the next stage of my development. Getting the chance to train with and learn from world-class players such as Raúl and Marcos Senna is any player’s dream.”
“Haji is a very exciting prospect,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese. “He has some special attacking qualities and can play as a striker or on the wing and gives us some more options in the final third.”
He joins a forward corps with Raul, Mads Stokkelien, David Diosa and Lucky Mkosana.