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New York Cosmos Sign Lucky Mkosana To Extension

Lucky Mkosana. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Lucky Mkosana. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Wednesday that the team has signed forward Lucky Mkosana to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mkosana, 27, joined the team in November 2014 and so far in 2015 has scored five goals in 19 league appearances for the Cosmos. Mkosana also scored twice in the Cosmos’ 4-1 win over the Cuba national team on June 2, 2015, when the Cosmos became the first U.S. professional sports team to play in Havana in over 16 years.

“I’m delighted to have agreed on a new contract with the club,” said Mkosana. “I love it here, we play with an attacking mindset and I feel that I’ve really developed my game.”

Prior to the Cosmos, Mkosana spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. After joining the Rowdies in September 2013, the Zimbabwe native scored four goals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay.

“Lucky has been a tremendous addition to the team,” Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese said. “Working with him daily you can see how far he’s come and the progress he’s made. He’s added a real spark to offense this season and has done everything we’ve asked of him.”

Following a standout career at Dartmouth, Mkosana was selected by the Chicago Fire in the second round (No. 23 overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, but never signed for the Fire, opting instead to join the Harrisburg City Islanders. Mkosana scored 20 goals and tallied four assists in 41 games for the USL Pro club. In the 2013 season he tied a club single-season record with 13 goals and ended his stint at Harrisburg tied for third place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.

At Dartmouth, Mkosana was the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year and made All-Ivy League First Team all four years (2008-2011). He ended his career with the Big Green as the leading scorer in school history with 34 goals.

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