January 27, 2017
THE GOOD-HANDS MAN RETURNS
Cosmos re-sign veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer
By Michael Lewis
|Jimmy Maurer: “My family and I are happy to remain here in New York with the team. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing for this club and our fans and I’m glad that we are able to continue doing so.”
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Well, one thing is certain about the 2017 edition of the Cosmos:
They needn't worry about goalkeeping.
Jimmy Maurer became the third keeper from their 2016 North American Soccer League championship team to rejoin the squad Friday afternoon.
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
On Monday, reserve goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck re-signed with the team. Earlier Friday, backup keeper Brian Holt did the same thing.
“Our defense showed once again last season that they are the foundation of our success. Maurer played an important role in achieving our triumph last year,” Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese said. “We are very happy to have him back."
And for good reason.
The 28-year-old Maurer backstopped the Cosmos to the last two Soccer Bowl championships. He earned the No. 1 keeper berth in 2014 and was honored in the NASL’s Best XI that year.
“My family and I are happy to remain here in New York with the team," Maurer said. "I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing for this club and our fans and I’m glad that we are able to continue doing so.”
Later, Maurer tweeted this message: "Happy to finally put these past few months of chaos behind me and get back to doing what I love. #NYCosmos."
Maurer became the eighth former Cosmos to rejoin the team after it was forced to release most of its players due to severe financial difficulties late last year.
The other seven included captain and central defender Carlos Mendes, defenders Jimmy Mulligan and Alexis Velela, midfielders Andres Flores and Danny Szetela and goalkeepers Zobeck and Holt.
Venezuelan international midfielder Juan Guerra also has agreed to terms with the team.