It hasn't been a good offseason for the New York Cosmos thus far, who have done nothing to shore up their squad despite losing their two marquee players to retirement. In addition to the losses of Raul and Marcos Senna, wide forward Leo Fernandes looks set to remain with the Philadelphia Union, and reports on Wednesday indicate that he'll have a familiar face joining him there.
I'm hearing that the Union will sign former NY Cosmos midfielder Walter Restrepo.— Kevin Kinkead (@KevinKCBS3) January 7, 2016
The Cosmos have acknowledged that Restrepo was considering a MLS move, and Kinkead's report is being backed up by Dave Martinez of EoS, who both confirmed the pending agreement, and provided some details of the arrangement:
EoS can confirm that the Philadelphia Union have signed Walter Restrepo to a one-year deal, with a club option for year two. In return, sources tell EoS that the Union will pay a transfer fee for Restrepo and will also send an unnamed player to the Cosmos on a season-long loan.
EoS can confirm that the player will not be former Cosmos loanee Leo Fernandes.
While it will be disappointing to see both Fernandes and Restrepo playing elsewhere in 2016, it will be nice to see the pair remaining together in Philadelphia. Hopefully, the loanee from Philadelphia has the same sort of impact as Fernandes, and the transfer fee is significant enough to help replace Restrepo.
Now let's get moving on replacing all of these departures...