New York Cosmos Bolster Attack With Jochen Graf Signing

The forward has played in Germany, Sweden, and the U.S.
Published Jan 31, 2019

The New York Cosmos announced today the signing of forward Jochen Graf. The 29-year old joins an attack that already lists Bledi Bardic and Darwin Espinal among its ranks.

“It’s such a great feeling to be joining an iconic club like the Cosmos,” Graf said. “It’s a first-class organization and has a name that is recognized all over the world. I’m grateful to the people who have helped make this happen and for the belief the club has shown in me.

“I can’t wait to get to New York, meet my teammates and my coaches, and get to work.”

Graf’s professional career began in Germany with TSV Hertha Walheim before moving to Sweden for three seasons where he suited up for Lidköpings FK, Carlstad United BK, and Oskarshamns AIK.

He moved back to the United States and scored 11 goals for the Rochester Rhinos in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2017 before joining the Tampa Bay Rowdies last season as well as spending time on loan with Reno 1868.

“As we build our roster, we’re still adding players who will make us dangerous going forward,” Senior Vice President Joe Barone said. ”We believe Jochen will fit in well with the attacking players already with us, and we’re happy to have him in the squad this season.”

“We really like Jochen,” Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes said. “We love his mentality. He’s a forward who will work all day, offensively and defensively. He gets in behind defenders, he’s difficult to play against, and he’ll bring a lot to us. He’s a proven goalscorer and he’ll help us tremendously.”

More info on the team and 2019 NPSL Founders Cup will be announced at a later date.