Santiago Castano left the Cosmos by mutual consent. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
The Cosmos Friday announced the signing of two goalkeepers while allowing one of their regulars from last season to leave.
New York inked veterans Steward Ceus and Kevin Tenjo for the National Independent Soccer Association season. Both signings are subject to U.S. Soccer Federation and NISA approval.
The club also announced that it terminated the contract of keeper Santiago Castano by mutual consent. The Cosmos did offer any details of the release. Castano played on a regular basis with the team in the National Premier Soccer League and NPSL Members Cup last year.
Ceus probably is a name that Cosmos fans should be familiar with as he played 30 North American Soccer League games in stints with the Atlanta Silverbacks, Minnesota United and San Francisco Deltas. An Albany University alumnus, Ceus most recently performed for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in the USL Championship. He has made 16 appearances for the Haiti national team.
“Joining the New York Cosmos is a dream come true for me,” Ceus said. “Growing up in West Haverstraw, N.Y. I was fortunate to be a part of a Cosmos summer camp as a kid. I feel like things have come full circle and now I am able to be a part of this club. I am ready to get to work and bring my intensity every day.”
Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes welcomed the addition of Ceus.
“Stew brings a lot of valuable experience to our club,” he said. “He’s a big presence in net, and a great shot stopper. He has a personality and character that is valuable to our locker room and will help us push our level higher as the season goes on.”
Tenjo, 24, returned for his fifth season with the club. A key performer in the club’s 2018 North Atlantic Conference title side, Tenjo spent part of last season with the Milwaukee Torrent (NPSL).
“I’m very happy to join this club again,” Tenjo said. “This club is a family for me, and it’s always a pleasure to represent the Cosmos. I’m grateful for the staff for giving me an opportunity to be here again. I’ve enjoyed every moment – we’ve worked hard in training the past few weeks. I’m ready to give my all for the Cosmos.”
Added Mendes: “Kevin’s someone that we know very well at the Cosmos. He’s hungry and has looked fit and sharp in training so far. We’re excited that we were able to add him to our team. He’s someone that will challenge for starting minutes in goal, and we’re happy to have him back with the club.”
The Cosmos are scheduled to start the NISA fall season on Aug. 8.
No schedule has been released as of it.