David Diosa played a key role for the Cosmos during their 2016 NASL championship season. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)

The Cosmos announced Saturday the return of midfielder David Diosa for this North American Soccer League season.

As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to bring yet another player from our 2016 roster. David not only had a tremendous season last year, but also made a positive impact on the rest of the team,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. “Securing a player from our reboot season like David speaks highly of our commitment to providing local talent an opportunity to grow professionally and help the team evolve.”

A former New York Cosmos Academy product, Diosa began his career with the Cosmos in 2010, playing for the New York Cosmos Academy Under-18 and U-23 teams before signing a professional contract with the NASL side in 2013. The 24-year-old Colombian native enjoyed his most successful season with the Cosmos last year, registering three goals and three assists in 1,034 minutes.

“I’m thrilled to rejoin my home team,” Diosa said. “Even though I left for a couple of months, I always hoped to be able to return and play in front of my family and friends, as well as the supporters who have given so much to the team.”

The Cosmos travel to Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium to take on Puerto Rico FC in their NASL season opener. Their home opener is set for MCU Park in Brooklyn against Miami FC Saturday, April 1.


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