The New York Cosmos announced today that the team has agreed terms with Brazilian defender Rovérsio, pending a physical.
Rovérsio, 29, is a 6’2” center back that began his career in his native Brazil with Santa Cruz Futebol Clube before moving on to play for First Division clubs in Europe such as Gil Vicente (Portugal), Osasuna (Spain) and most recently with Orduspor (Turkey).
“Rovérsio is a big presence in the back and a great addition to our lineup,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese. “With his size and experience, I believe he strengthens our defense. We’re extremely pleased to get him because he had other options in the U.S. and Europe.”
Rovérsio will join the Cosmos on their preseason trip in London and is expected to participate in the club’s exhibition match against Leyton Orient on Wednesday.
“The New York Cosmos are such a historic club that when Gio told me about the project, there were no words but yes,” Rovérsio said. “I am thrilled to wear the same shirt that my legendary countrymen Pelé and Carlos Alberto wore. This is a very special moment for me.”
On July 12, 2012, it was announced that the New York Cosmos will return to the NASL, beginning play at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. The Cosmos’ first game is Aug. 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Tickets are available at www.nycosmos.com and by dialing 855-71-COSMOS.
The Cosmos also recently submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park. More information about the proposal and renderings can be found at www.newcosmosstadium.com.
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