February 21, 2013
SOME FORWARD THINKING
Cosmos add strikers Marosevic, Lopez after they impress at combine
The New York Cosmos announced on Thursday they signed Peri Marosevic and Henry Lopez after the pair impressed staff on Long Island at the team’s combine.
|Henry Lopez (left) and Peri Marosevic (right) signed with the Cosmos after impressive combines.
Photo courtesy of the New York Cosmos
"The quality at the combine was impressive and these players showed very well over the weekend," Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. "They are clearly comfortable with the ball at their feet and they each have decent experience for their ages. These two strengthen us up front and give us different options."
Marosevic, 23, is a forward who most recently played for Croatia’s Junak Sinj. After a standout college career at the University of Michigan, he signed a Generation adidas contract and was drafted fifth overall by FC Dallas in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
“Peri has tremendous talent on the field and a lot of potential,” Savarese said. “He’s played with very high competition and we recognize that he is determined to get back to that level. After watching him perform like he did at the combine, I can see he’s ready to take that step.”
Marosevic made four appearances with FC Dallas in MLS between 2009 and 2011. He was traded to Toronto FC in July 2011, playing seven league games and scoring two league goals. In 2012, he joined Junak Sinj of Croatia’s second division, where he made four appearances. He has also represented the United States at the U-20 level 14 times and scored five goals between 2008 and 2009.
Lopez, 20, is a Guatemalan striker who most recently played for Tigres de la UANL in Mexico. Lopez has played for his country six times since debuting in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also scored the winning goal for the Guatemala Under-20 national team as they knocked off the United States at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in 2011.
"Henry has some really wonderful potential," Savarese said. "He's a very dynamic player who's capable of scoring goals."
More 500 people applied online for the Cosmos Combine and more than 200 were officially invited to attend.
“This combine was really strong,” Savarese said. “There were a lot of intriguing options and with all the talent that showed up, it's possible that we will take a closer look at a couple more players or invite them for further trials.”