January 31, 2017
A BLAST FROM THE RECENT PAST
Cosmos bring back Walter Restrepo
By Michael Lewis
|Walter Restrepo: “Gio and the coaching staff are putting a good-quality group of guys together and many of them are good friends of mine, so I am excited to come back and play with them.”
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Make it a baker's dozen.
Walter Restrepo became the 13th player on the Cosmos roster as the former New York midfielder became a current one Tuesday morning as he signed with the North American Soccer League team.
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 28-year-old Restrepo was a regular on the Cosmos signed that captured the 2015 Soccer Bowl before he signed with the Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer) last year.
One of the most dangerous and respected ball-crossers, Restrepo made 31 appearances in 2015, recording three goals five assists. He was also a two-time NASL Best XI selection (2012 and 2014). After signing with the Union, he played with Philly's farm United Soccer League farm team, Bethlehem Steel FC.
“It’s always an honor to represent the New York Cosmos," Restrepo said. "I am extremely thankful to the club for bringing me back,” said Restrepo. “Gio and the coaching staff are putting a good-quality group of guys together and many of them are good friends of mine, so I am excited to come back and play with them.”
A native of San Diego, Restrepo also played in Colombia from 2006-2010, appearing the first and second division for Deportes Tolima, Boyacá Chicó and Expreso Rojo. He has also represented the Colombian national team at the Under-17 level.
“Walter is a former Cosmos player who understands the culture of the club and is aware of the high expectations we always have,” Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese said. “He is a player we know very well and I am sure he will give us a different look in the attack this season.”
Since cable TV magnate Rocco B. Commisso purchased a majority share of the team earlier this month, the Cosmos have signed 10 players.
Returnees included captain and central defender Carlos Mendes, defenders Jimmy Mulligan and Alexis Velela, midfielders Andres Flores and Danny Szetela and goalkeepers Jimmy Maurer, Kyle Zobeck and Brian Holt.
Venezuelan international midfielder Juan Guerra also has signed.
Only three players remained with the team after the rest of the squad was released late last year. They were defender David Ochieng, defender Ryan Richter, who converted the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout to clinch the NASL title for the Cosmos, and Eric Carvilho.