Israeli midfielder Kobi Moyal and Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
NEW YORK – The Cosmos continued to bulk up for the North American Soccer League fall season.
They announced Wednesday the signing of Israeli central midfielder Kobi Moyal.
His signing is pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
“We are very happy to add Kobi to our roster,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director, Giovanni Savarese. “Besides his experience, he brings a contagious passion for the game that will help the team continue to grow.”
The 30-year-old Moyal began his career at Beitar Jerusalem, playing for the youth and senior teams. The Israeli native made more than 100 appearances for Beitar’s first team, winning the 2006-07 Israeli Championship and the 2009-10 Toto Cup.
Following loan spells at Hapoel Kfar Saba and Bnei Yehuda, Moyal joined Sheriff Tiraspol in the Divizia Naţională (Moldova’s top division) for the 2013-14 season. He added more silverware to his trophy cabinet, contributing to the team’s championship win that season.
He became a fan favorite, especially during Sheriff’s 2013-14 UEFA Europa League campaign. Despite the team’s 4-1 aggregate loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage, Moyal’s performance against the English giants earned him the nickname “Gattuso,” after the famed Italy international.
Moyal made his Israel national team debut on June 2, 2014 as an 81st-minute substitute in an exhibition match against Honduras.
He returned to play club soccer in Israel in July 2014, featuring for Maccabi Haifa, adding the 2015-16 Israel State Cup to his collection.
Moyal rejoined Beitar for the 2016-17 season, making 13 league appearances, five in cup competition and four in the Europa League.
“I am very happy to join the New York Cosmos,” Moyal said. “This is a historic organization to be part of and I look forward to contributing in any way I can.”
The Cosmos are on the road against Miami FC Saturday at 7:30 pm. The team will return to MCU Park to host Indy Eleven Tuesday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.