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Berry, Attakora leave Cosmos camp; won’t be signed


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MLS veterans Austin Berry and Nana Attakora have seen their time with the New York Cosmos come to an end.

Sources told SBI Sunday that Berry and Attakora have left the Cosmos and will not be signed, a development that came just before the Cosmos’ preseason trip to Hong Kong.

The pair were both in attendance last week as trialists as the Cosmos kicked off their preseason preparations, with Berry being eyed on a potential loan from the Philadelphia Union.

Attakora was most recently a part of D.C. United in 2014, but the Canadian’s best seasons came as a member of Toronto FC where he made 56 appearances in five seasons. The 25-year-old defender has made nine appearances for Canada.

Berry was named 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year after starting 28 games and scoring three goals for the Chicago Fire. The defender was acquired by the Union last February and made six appearances in 2014.

The news of the duo’s departures comes in the wake of the Cosmos’ addition of defender Samuel Caceres, who joins the club on-loan from Argentina’s Nuevo Chicago. Caceres, who made 12 appearances for the Buenos Aires club, has spent his entire career in Argentina.

The Cosmos are currently in Hong Kong ahead of a friendly with the South China Football Team¬†in for Feb. 19’s Lunar New Year AET Cup.


  1. What is the deal with Berry? I remember him looking like a stud in 2012 and now he is just bouncing around from team to team. Health issues? Personality issues. Just had a lucky good year and then flop?

    • Preseason rumors at Union training camp was that Berry didn’t seem like a guy who was fighting to get back into the line-up. There was some questions on his work ethic – this came from the KYW Philly Soccer Show podcast.

  2. They signed the fellow who was playing for Nueva Chicago and I’m sure there will be another trialist or two joining the team soon.

    Neither of these guys were anything special.

  3. I was hoping they would sign both of these guys. The defense is still really slim, so hopefully they have someone else in mind. Should be a fun year all across US soccer.


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