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Monday, January 10, 2011

From a Galaxy Out West, Cobi Jones Enters Cosmos Country by Theresa Tran

by Theresa Tran for World Football Commentaries

Image courtesy of the New York Cosmos.


American Soccer Legend Joins The New York Cosmos as Associate Director of

January 10, 2011 (New York, NY) ­

The New York Cosmos announced today that Cobi Jones will be joining the
world-renowned club as Associate Director of Soccer. After 15 years with the
LA Galaxy, as player and coach, Jones' role with The New York Cosmos will be
to advise and oversee the training and management of any and all players involved
in the club's soccer-specific Programs. In addition, he will serve as an Ambassador
for the club, acting as spokesperson and community liaison.

Cobi Jones, 40, joined the LA Galaxy in 1996 after playing overseas for
Coventry City of the English Premier League and Vasco de Gama of Brazil. Not
only did Jones score the Galaxy's first goal in club history, but he also
holds club records to this day in nearly every statistical category (70
goals and 91 assists in 306 career regular season games). Jones is the only
player to have played in each of the first 12 seasons of Major League Soccer
(MLS). Shortly after retiring as a professional player, he became Assistant
Coach for the Galaxy for three campaigns during the 2008-2010 seasons. In
addition to his distinguished MLS career, he has also played in three
consecutive World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002) and is the all-time leader in caps
(164) for the U.S. National Team.
"The New York Cosmos have a history of associating ourselves with the best,"
says Paul Kemsley, Chairman of The New York Cosmos.
"Cobi Jones fits perfectly into the DNA of this club. We look forward to the impact that
he will have on this organization and on the players who will form the backbone of our future."
"I am both honored and blessed to have had such a wonderful career with the
LA Galaxy and I am thankful for everything the club, the fans and the
community has done for me and my family," says Jones. "I am excited to bring
my deep knowledge, passion and expertise of soccer in this country to The
New York Cosmos. They truly represent where this sport is headed on a
national and international level, and I want to make history with them."
A native of Westlake Village, California, Jones played soccer at UCLA and
was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2002. He is recognized as a youth
advocate and works with various soccer organizations across the country
including American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), the U.S. Soccer
Foundation, AmericaSCORES, HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) and others.

Jones is represented by CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency,
an entertainment and sports agency.


About The New York Cosmos

Under new passionate ownership, The New York Cosmos continues its tradition
of greatness for the next generation and vows to maintain the same ethos
that made The New York Cosmos the most celebrated soccer club in the history
of the United States. During its existence from 1971-1985, The New York
Cosmos won five championships in the NASL (North American Soccer League).
Today, as part of its rebirth and with global soccer legend and former
Cosmos star Pelé as the Honorary President, The New York Cosmos will
continue to inspire and develop world-class players and is committed to
helping improve the future of the sport in this country with significant
investment in grassroots and youth soccer. The club's ultimate vision is to
field a professional team to compete at the highest level, bringing
championships back to New York City. For more information, visit

About the Author

Theresa Tran
is the Director of Communications for the New York Cosmos.

Voice: 212-369-7000 / email: ttt@newyorkcosmos.com /

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1 comment:

Steve Amoia said...

Theresa, thank you for sharing this development about a legend in American soccer. I am certain that Mr. Jones will do great things for the Cosmos.


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