Cosmos Add MLS Veteran Adam Moffat To Their Midfield
By Cesar Trelles 1/4/15
As the December buzz surrounding the introduction of Raul has started to settle in, the New York Cosmos got back to work right away after their brief break for the holiday. On Friday, the storied New York soccer team announced the signing of midfield veteran Adam Moffat for the upcoming 2015 season. Moffat is a Scottish soccer player who does have a valid green card in the US. As such, he will not occupy an international roster spot for the Cosmos on their roster.
Moffat has played in Major League Soccer for eight seasons, most recently playing with FC Dallas. He spent four seasons with the Columbus Crew (2007-2010) and three seasons with the Houston Dynamo (2011-2013). During his time with the Columbus Crew, he helped the team capture the MLS Cup in 2008. In 2011 and 2012, Moffat would help Houston reach the MLS Cup finals. Prior to joining MLS in 2007, Moffat made 27 appearances for Elgin City in the Scottish Second Division.
Moffat is seen as a tenacious midfielder and a player that has a hard nose attitude. Standing at six feet tall, he will provide a big body in the midfield which will help the Cosmos replace the physical presence lost by the departure of Joseph Nane. His aggressiveness on the pitch made him a favorite amongst his teammates and fans while in Houston.
Being a midfield veteran, Moffat will be able to provide some experience and guidance to the younger players on the team. Helping him to transition to the spotlight in New York will undoubtedly be Hunter Freeman, who was Moffat’s teammate while they both played on the Houston Dynamo.
On the surface, this may not be a glamorous signing for the Cosmos but it covers one of the concerns that head coach Giovanni Savarese had once the 2014 season came to a conclusion. Savarese talked several times about the lack of quality depth at midfield particularly when injuries were a common occurrence. With midfielders such as Senna, Szetela and now Moffat, quality should not be an issue going forward.
“Adam is a quality midfielder with a tremendously competitive personality and has significant starting experience,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He adds bite and aggression to our midfield and is going to give us a lot of diversity and options in terms of how we can line up.”
Finally Moffat had a flair for the unexpected. On multiple occasions he was known for unleashing some long distance shots on goal, some of which would find the back of the net. With the Cosmos lack of scoring and their frustrating predictability of crosses into the middle, an occasional Moffat strike from long distance might just be what the Cosmos need to mix things up a bit offensively. Below are a couple of videos of Moffat’s long distance goals. As a Cosmos fan, I don’t remember goals like this other than of course, the Marcos Senna goal in Soccer Bowl!
Adam Moffat Strikes A Goal From 40 Yards Out:
Adam Moffat Nails A Goal Via A Volley From 25 Yards Out:
Not As Long – But Another Long Distance Strike
Lazers From Long Distance – with a little help from the post.