Cosmos sign NASL Best XI striker Denissen

Cosmos sign NASL Best XI striker Denissen

New York Cosmos

Cosmos sign NASL Best XI striker Denissen

Hans Denissen (San Antonio Scorpions)

By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Cosmos bolstered their front line on Thursday, signing 2013 NASL Best XI forward Hans Denissen.

The reigning NASL champion Cosmos announced Thursday that they signed Denissen to a contract that will see him play for the club during the 2014 campaign. The Dutchman spent the past two seasons with the San Antonio Scorpions after spending nine years playing in Europe.

“I’m so excited to be joining the New York Cosmos,” Denissen said in a statement released by the team. “This is a club not only with a great history, but a great future, too. Having played against the Cosmos last season, I know this is a team that prides itself on playing an attractive style of attacking soccer. I’m really looking forward to joining this group.”

The 29-year-old Denissen made 25 appearances and was named to the NASL Best XI in 2013. He found the back of the net 12 times during the campaign, tripling his total from 2012, and was named NASL Player of the Month for June/July.

“Hans will be a great addition to our forward line next season,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He is a very dynamic and smart player who will provide a different dimension to our team. We are excited to include another great professional on our club.”

The Cosmos open their 2014 season with a home game vs. the Atlanta Silverbacks on April 13.

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