Thought the loss of Raul and Marcos Senna would destroy the New York Cosmos? Think again.
After acquiring Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango earlier this offseason, the Cosmos announced on Friday the signing of Premier League veteran Niko Kranjcar.
The Croatian playmaker played for Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, before helping Queens Park Rangers move to the PL in 2014.
“I’ve enjoyed my time training with the Cosmos, working with these players and coaches has been a great experience,” Kranjcar said. He was included in the team’s preseason tour of California. “I think the style of play here suits me well, I and I’m excited to officially represent the club on the field this season.”
In his time with Croatia’s national team, Kranjcar recorded 81 caps and scored 16 goals for his native country. He was a staple for the Vatreni during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, despite his team not advancing out of the group stage. Prior to his successful senior team stint, the Kranjcar featured for a number of Croatia’s youth sides.
While the move for Kranjcar may not be the most noteworthy, he is still a very talented player that will certainly fill a need immediately in the Cosmos midfielder. With the departure of Senna, New York’s newest foreign signing can slot in as an attacker midfielder or even as a winger.
MLS may have David Villa and Kaka, but the Cosmos continue to make NASL relevant with moves like this one.