Juan Arango was the 2016 NASL MVP. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
Juan Arango is back.
The 2016 North American Soccer League MVP Monday signed with the Cosmos, the team announced.
The deal is pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
“We welcome the 2016 NASL MVP, Juan Arango, back to our club,” Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. “His experience and quality will provide a tremendous resource to our team this year”.
The 37-year-old Arango was vital to the team’s success in securing its second consecutive Soccer Bowl title in 2016.
The Venezuela native scored a total of 15 goals and produced seven assists in 29 games last year, finishing second in the league in both categories.
Arango played a pivotal role in the Cosmos’ post-season triumph. The midfielder headed in a 73rd minute equalizer against Rayo OKC in the 2016 NASL Championship semifinal, before setting up the 90th minute game-winner that sent the Cosmos to their second consecutive final.
“This is a great time for me to return to the Cosmos,” Arango said in a press release. “After winning the title last year, one can only feel fortunate to wear this jersey once again. I look forward to step on the pitch and help the team in any way I can.”
The Cosmos host Miami FC in their NASL fall season debut at MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn Saturday.