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Dane Murphy retires, becomes Cosmos head scout

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Dane Murphy has been part of the New York Cosmos since 2011, well before they began play in 2013. On Monday, Murphy announced that his playing days have come to an end, and that he'll be taking a position in Gio Savarese's staff as the club's head scout and performance analyst. Murphy had the following to say about the decision:

"It was a difficult decision for me since I feel that I can still contribute on the field. However, the opportunity as head scout and to become immersed in the technical evaluation and analysis of players was one that I couldn't pass up."

In total, Murphy made ten league appearances for the club, with four coming as starts, and six off the bench. He also took part in all three U.S. Open Cup matches in 2014, starting one, and coming off of the bench in the other two.

His retirement from the playing field will mean the club needs to look for a bit more depth in the center of the pitch for next season, especially with the addition of the B team which will be playing in the NPSL. Here's hopping he hits the ground running in his new role.