WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 — The New York Cosmos continues to build its roster for its first game in the new NASL against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra University on Aug. 3.
The once-famous New York club has signed on loan 20-year-old forward Satoru Kashiwase from Shimizu S-Pulse of Japan’s J League. Kashiwase becomes the youngest native Japanese player to ever sign with a North American soccer club.
“This is definitely a special opportunity for our soccer club, to bring a young talent like Satoru to the U.S.,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said.
Kashiwase, a 6-foot forward, has yet to play a J-League game for Shimizu but has represented Japan at the U-17 and U-18 national team levels.
The Cosmos also agreed to terms with 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder Paulo Mende, who played for the Atlanta Silverbacks during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
In other news, the Cosmos signed a TV deal with ONE World Sports to air the team’s game during the 2013 NASL Fall Season. J.P. Dellacamera will be the play-by-play announcer and former Cosmos’ goalkeeper Shep Messing will be the color analyst.
The club also recently signed a shirt deal with Emirates Airlines. The Fly Emirates logo will adorn the green and white Cosmos shirts. Emirates Airlines also has shirt deals with AC Milan, Hamburger SV, Arsenal FC, Olympiacos FC, and Paris Saint-Germain.
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