The New York Cosmos announced on Wednesday that the team has signed forward Mads Stokkelien to a contract extension for the 2015 season. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“I’m excited to return to the Cosmos,” Stokkelien said. “The club has made some strong additions in the offseason and I’m looking forward to getting back to work and meeting some of the new players.”
Stokkelien signed with the Cosmos in January 2014. The 24-year-old Norwegian striker posted team-high totals in goals (8) and assists (4) during the Cosmos’ 2014 North American Soccer League season. He appeared in every league match and scored twice during the club’s run through the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
“Last season was Mads’ first season in the U.S. so he had to adapt to a new league,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “However, he showed continued improvement throughout the season and was a key part of our attack, so we’re delighted to have him back.”
Before signing in New York, Stokkelien played for Norwegian side Stabæk. In 2013 he tallied 22 goals in 33 appearances, helping Stabæk achieve promotion to Norway’s first division, Tippeligaen. He made his Tippeligaen debut with IK Start in 2008, where he played alongside Cosmos defender Hunter Freeman for two seasons.
The team also announced that it did not reach agreement on a new contract with Hans Denissen. The Dutch forward registered three assists in 12 league appearances in 2014, but will not be returning in 2015.
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