January 27, 2017
RUBEN'S NEW CHALLENGE
Ex-Cosmos Bover signs with Barnet in England
By Michael Lewis
|Ruben Bover has a new challenge -- with Barnet F.C. in England.
Photo courtesy of the Cosmos
Add Ruben Bover to the list of former Cosmos who have found employment with another soccer team.
The midfielder has joined Barnet F.C. after a successful trial, the English League Two club announced Friday morning.
"We're delighted to welcome former @NewYorkRedBulls & @NYCosmos winger @ruben_bover to #BarnetFC following a trial," Barnet FC said on its twitter account.
League Two is the fourth tier of England soccer.
Bover, who was released by the Cosmos with most of the players after the two-time North American Soccer League champions endured deep financial difficulties late last year, also was optimistic.
"Happy to start a new chapter of my career and hope to help the club to achieve all the goals this season. Work starts now. Thank to @BarnetFC," he said on twitter.
Bover, 24, scored four goals and assisted on two others in 2016, while starting 20 games and playing in 24 over 1,772 minutes.
The 5-10, 157-lb. Bover is the ninth former Cosmos who have signed with other teams. Midfielder Adam Moffat recently hooked up with the Sacramento Republic (United Soccer League). NASL MVP Juan Arango, a midfielder, and forward Yohandry Orozco have signed with Zulia FC in their native Venezuela.
Forward Jairo Arrieta has returned to his native Costa Rica to play with Herediano. Striker Lucky Mkosana has hooked up with FK Mariehamn, the Finland champions.
Bolivian international Yasmani Duk agreed to terms with Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia. Seattle Sounders defender Jimmy Ockford, who played on loan last season, signed Reno 1868 FC (USL) and defender-midfielder David Diosa has agreed to a deal with Energy FC (USL).
Assistant coach Carlos Llamosa also won't be back. He has taken on similar responsibilities with the New England Revolution (MLS).