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Savaresi: Raul Signing with Cosmos, “Realistic Possibility”

by Daniel Steele | Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

During his first weekly conference call with media on Wednesday, New York Cosmos Head Coach, Giovani Savarese announced that the rumored signing of Spainish legend Raul is a “realistic possibility.” Over the past week, the former Real Madrid superstar has been linked to several reports stating that when his current contract with Qatari side Al Sadd expires, he will be joining the reigning NASL champions. Until today, all speculative hearsays have been debunked. During his weekly conference call, however, Coach Savaresi spoke with glimmering optimism about the possibility of adding the thirty-six year old striker to his roster, adding that his presence would “enrich” the squad and that adding a player of his caliber would be “great situation for any coach.” Savaresi, who is also the club’s Sporting Director, did not go as far as to say that the Raul deal is as good as done, but one could infer from his optimistic tone that negotiations are moving in a very good direction.

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The forthcoming addition of Raul cannot come at a better time for the Cosmos. The current state of the franchise for the Long Island based soccer club is grim. Since its triumphant return to play last year with a 12-thousand person sell-out of Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, the Cosmos have seen a rapid decline of attendance and media attention. To add insult to injury, it seems as though the pipe dreams of an MLS promotion or the construction of a new stadium near Belmont Racetrack are all but dead. With that said, the addition of one of the most legendary footballers of the past twenty years can only revitalize the floundering 2-2 squad, as well as provide the national attention the Cosmos need to in order to establish themselves as relevant members of the US soccer scene.

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