Cosmos add another striker, signing Mads Stokkelien

Bruce Bennett

The 23-year old Norwegian will provide another attacking option for Gio Savarese

The New York Cosmos didn't have many holes in 2013, but they certainly struggled to find consistent production from their strikers for most of the season. Fixing that problem for 2014 seems to be high on the priority list, with the club announcing it's second new attacker on January 31.

Mads Stokkelien will be joining the club from Norwegian side Stabaek, where he's been playing since 2012. The 23-year old began his career at IK Start, where he was a teammate of fullback Hunter Freeman for several seasons. As usual, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Head coach Gio Savarese had the following to say about Stokkelien:

"Mads is an exciting young player who gives us more options offensively. He can operate as a target forward and has proven he’s a good finisher."

The 6'2" Norwegian was prolific last season, scoring 17 goals in 30 appearances as his club earned promotion. Savarese will be counting on Stokkelien along with recently signed Hans Denissen to provide consistent goal production from the center of the attack in 2014.


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