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Cosmos sign former Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Brian Holt

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The New York Cosmos made a roster move on Monday, announcing the signing of former Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Brian Holt. The move means the Cosmos now have three keepers under contract for the 2015 season, so they're probably done looking at that position in terms of potential additions.

Holt had a very successful collegiate career at Creighton, including an All-American 2011 season in which he set an NCAA record for the lowest goals against average. He joined Reading United after completing his four seasons in the NCAA, followed by a short stint with the Harrisburg City Islanders before his move to MLS.

Despite his excellent resume, there are major questions about Holt's ceiling due to his 5'9" frame. His athleticism, work ethic, and chemistry with the squad were enough to convince Gio Savarese to take a flier on the player though, and bring him in as the club's third-choice shot stopper:

"Brian has displayed both a positive attitude in training and good athleticism. He has good chemistry with the squad and adds depth to the goalkeeping spot."

The Comsos still have last season's starter, Jimmy Maurer, penciled in as the clear number one keeper, while Kyle Zobeck is likely to remain the primary backup. It will be interesting to see if Holt sees time with the B team when they kick off this season.