Cosmos Sign Forward Jairo Arrieta

Costa Rica international joins Cosmos ahead of the 2016 campaign
Published Jan 14, 2016

NEW YORK (January 14, 2016) – The New York Cosmos announced today the signing of forward Jairo Arrieta pending a physical examination. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Arrieta, 32, arrives in New York having made 27 appearances and 15 starts for D.C. United during their 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign. He scored five goals and picked up two assists in 1,264 minutes on the field, helping his club reach the Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Prior to D.C., Arrieta played three seasons for Columbus Crew, tallying 17 goals and nine assists.

First called up to Costa Rica’s senior national team in 2011, Arrieta won the Golden Boot at Copa Centroamericana in 2013 as the tournament’s top goal scorer. La Sele  captured first place with a 1-0 win over Honduras in the final.

“Jairo comes to us with great experience and is a goal-scoring threat,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “His addition to the team builds on an already strong core of players returning for the upcoming season.”

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” Arrieta said. “The coaching staff has a great reputation and I believe I can score goals in their system.”

Arrieta’s senior career began in his home country with Brujas F.C., where he made over 100 appearances from 2003-06. He then moved to Saprissa, Costa Rica’s most decorated club, before transitioning stateside to MLS.