Cosmos stock up on MLS talent with addition of Freeman
The New York Cosmos continue to stock their team with MLS talent ahead of their return to competitive action in the North American Soccer League (NASL).
On Tuesday, they beat out the New England Revolution for the signature of MLS veteran right back Hunter Freeman, who had been in discussions with the MLS club after the Revolution picked up his rights in December's Re-Entry Draft.
“The chance to play in New York City was too good of an opportunity to pass up,” Freeman said in a Cosmos club statement. “I am excited to be a part of this project and help deliver the Cosmos back to the top of American soccer.”
The 28-year-old Freeman is the latest MLS product to join the Cosmos, who are coached by former MetroStars legend Giovanni Savarese and his assistants, ex-MLS All-Star Carlos Llamosa and former MLS Cup MVP Alecko Eskandarian. Savarese has also signed former Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Kyle Reynish and former MLS defender Carlos Mendes.
In early January, Revolution GM Mike Burns had hoped to come to terms with Freeman, who saw the Colorado Rapids decline the option on his MLS contract in December. He was picked up in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft by the Revs, who were looking to negotiate a contract agreement.
Freeman is a veteran of six MLS seasons on five different clubs, logging minutes in 126 matches. He makes his return to New York metropolitan area -—the Cosmos are slated to play in Hempstead on Long Island — after playing 30 matches for the Red Bulls from 2007-08.
The Cosmos play their first competitive match during the NASL's Fall season against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Aug. 3.