Midfielder Richard Menjivar is the 17th player from the Cosmos’ 2017 squad to find a new team. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
Richard Menjivar Monday became the 17th player from the Cosmos’ 2017 team to sign with a new team.
The El Salvador international midfielder has joined Penn FC of the United Soccer League.
The signing is pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
“Happy to be given the opportunity! Ready to give my 100%!” Menjivar said on Twitter.
The Cosmos are not fielding a team because the North American Soccer League has decided to go on hiatus for 2018 after the USSF rescinded its Division Two status.
The Salvadoran international has represented the United States in the Under-18 level, and also made an appearance on the El Salvador Olympic qualifying roster in 2012.
In 2013, Menjivar made his debut for El Salvador in their opening match of the 2013 Copa Centroamericana, resulting in a 1-1 draw with Honduras.
Menjivar played at the University of Evansville from 2008-09, before transferring to California State University-Bakersfield in 2010. At Evansville, Menjivar started all 38 games while earning All-Missouri Valley Conference second team honors as a freshman and All-Missouri Valley Conference third team honors as a sophomore. At CSU-Bakersfield, Menjivar started 17 of 18 games and finished fourth on the team with seven points.
Following his collegiate career, Menjivar spent time with amateur side Cal FC in 2012, before signing with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL in 2013. Following his run with the Silverbacks, he enjoyed a brief stint with the San Antonio Scorpions in 2014, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2015, and then signing with the NASL expansion team Rayo OKC in 2016.
Menjivar played five seasons in the NASL. The Panorama City, Calif. native made 92 appearances in the NASL from 2013-17.