By RYAN TOLMICH
The New York Cosmos made a splash this offseason with the signing of Spanish legend Raul, and now the club has expanded its forward unit even further with the addition of an American rising star.
The Cosmos announced Monday that the club has signed U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team forward Haji Wright. The forward, who hails from Los Angeles, provided 18 goals and seven assists in 22 matches for the U-17s in 2014.
“I’m excited about joining the Cosmos,” Wright said in a statement. “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.”
Wright, who was previously part of the LA Galaxy’s academy system, had also trained with the Bundesliga club Schalke. The 17-year-old forward has been a part of the U.S. setup since debuting with the U-14s in 2012 and was a part of the U-17 side that qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Chile.
“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.”
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