Following the New York Cosmos second North American Soccer League title in three seasons, there were probably some casual fans that legitimately questioned whether or not many other teams could compete against the sort of money that the champions had at their disposal. As this winter is finally (and mercifully) nearing its conclusion, there should be very few still asking those questions.
On Friday, one of the NASL's two expansion clubs, Rayo OKC, announced a very big name signing. Greece international Georgios Samaras has agreed to a contract with the club, and will presumably lead the line for OKC, and be one of the more potent center forwards in North America next season.
Samaras had previously trained with the Cosmos, though no deal was ever agreed. There was also interest in his services from several MLS sides, though between his salary demands and balky back, no agreement could be reached.
As long as Samaras proves to be healthy, he should prove to be one of the better players currently employed in North America. If nothing else, it will be fun to watch.