Midfielder Walter Restrepo has left the New York Cosmos today and has joined USL side Tampa Bay Rowdies. Restrepo first began his Cosmos playing career in 2015, where he contributed three goals and five assists. Following that Soccer Bowl winning campaign, Restrepo moved to MLS side Philadelphia Union. After struggling to get into the Union’s first team, the midfielder rejoined the Cosmos this January. During the 2017 Spring Season, Restrepo made 13 appearances, scoring three goals and assisting the same number.
Cosmos Head Coach, Giovanni Savarese commented on the move stating; “We are happy to help Walter transition to a new challenge. We fully support his decision and wish him the best moving forward.”
Restrepo had this to say on the move: “Although I had a solid Spring Season with the Cosmos, my family and I decided it was best for us to make a move. I was aware that the Rowdies were interested in me and we were able to reach an agreement where Tampa Bay, the Cosmos and I all benefited. In my years playing against Tampa Bay, the fans have always been impressive so I can’t wait to play in front of them as a member of the Rowdies.”
Stuart Campbell, Head Coach of the Rowdies praised his new player saying “He’s got the killer instinct to take on defenders and go for goal, which will complement our current roster nicely. Along with his goalscoring abilities, Walter has also proved to be a threat when it comes down to creating chances for his teammates.”