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Cosmos Add Flores & Mulligan but Unable to Come to Terms with Diaz

The New York Cosmos announced on Friday  that the team has acquired El Salvadoran international Andrés Flores from Turín-FESA Fútbol Clube (El Salvador), with the midfielder signing a multi-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I really enjoyed my stay with the team last season,” Flores said. “It’s a great coaching staff with an attacking philosophy and I had very good chemistry with my teammates. Coming back to New York permanently was something that I was always wanted to do.”

Flores, 24, spent the 2014 NASL Fall Season with the Cosmos on loan from Turín. He appeared in 8 league games, recording one goal and one assist and helping the team to its second consecutive postseason appearance.

A San Salvador native, Flores has also made 39 appearances for the El Salvador senior national team. He also serves as captain for the national team, most recently during the 2014 Copa Centroamericana tournament. Flores originally made his debut for El Salvador in 2008 against Trinidad & Tobago.

Flores began his youth career with Academia Chelona and moved to Argentina’s River Plate in 2006, where he spent three years. In 2009, Flores returned to El Salvador with A.D. Isidro Metapán where he made over 60 appearances and led the club to multiple Primera Division titles. In 2012, he joined Viborg FF in Denmark for one year on loan before returning to Metapán.

“We’re delighted to bring back Andrés to our squad,” Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He’s a key player for the El Salvador national team and his pace and ability provides us with another attacking threat.”

The New York Cosmos also announced that the team has signed fullback Jimmy Mulligan to a contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Mulligan, 23, made two starts in the 2014 Fall Season, making his professional debut on October 25, 2014 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He’s a Medford, N.Y. native who played at St. John’s University from 2009-2013. Mulligan finished his Red Storm career by earning both third team NSCAA All-Northeast Region accolades and second team All-BIG EAST honors.

The team also announced that it did not reach a new agreement with Diomar Diaz and that the Venezuelan midfielder will not return for the 2015 season.

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