NEW YORK – In an attempt to spark their attack, the Cosmos added a new striker Thursday.
The two-time defending North American Soccer League champions announced the signing of forward Pablo Vranjicán, for the remainder of the 2017 season.
The deal is pending receipt of his U.S. visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“We welcome Pablo to the organization,” Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese said. “We are happy to add him to our roster, as he will bring versatility and experience to the team.”
The 31-year-old Vranjicán joins the Cosmos after appearing in the exhibition match at Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal FC May 21.
The Argentine forward began his career at Newell’s Old Boys, playing for the youth and senior teams before plying his trade to Chile’s top division. Following a loan spell at C.S.D. Rangers, Vranjicán left his mark at Universidad Católica, where he made seven appearances in the team’s 2010 Copa Libertadores campaign, helping Los Cruzados win their 10th title in the Primera División.
Vranjicán also featured for Chilean side Santiago Morning, where he scored three goals in four games in the 2012 Copa Chile. After playing the 2013-14 season for former Greece side, AEK Kouklia FC and Chile’s Deportes La Serena, the forward continued his success, scoring 15 times in 27 games in league play for Curicó Unido. A key player for Los Albirrojos in the 2015 Copa Chile, Vranjicán started five out of six Group Stage games, scoring four of the team’s nine goals.
Vranjicán last played for five-time Liga 1 Liga Super winners Pahang FA in the Malaysian Super League, tallying four goals in nine appearances.
The Cosmos will return to MCU Park to host North Carolina FC Saturday at 4 p.m.