Hassan and Ledula sign new contracts with the club

Published Jul 2, 2020

The New York Cosmos announced Thursday that Charlie Ledula and Aly Hassan have signed new contracts with the club.

Both Ledula and Hassan return to the club after joining in 2019 for the National Premier Soccer League season.

Born in England, Ledula played collegiately at LIU Post and was selected as a NCAA Division II All-American First Team in 2017. The midfielder then spent a season with the Long Island Rough Riders and was voted the team’s player of the year after scoring 12 times in all competitions before joining the Cosmos.

“It feels good to be back! Excited more than anything to be playing with the Cosmos again. I feel I have more to prove especially with my stop and start season due to injuries,” Ledula said. “But looking and thinking forward, I’m excited to prove myself to the coach, the team and the fans most importantly.”

Ledula added that he is “really excited to be playing again after a long offseason, knowing what has taken place around the world. With the upcoming NISA season we know it’s going to be tough, but it’s a challenge that the team will definitely be willing to accept. The goal is to win and hopefully bring a trophy back home.”

Hassan began his professional career in his native Florida, signing for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2012 in the North American Soccer League (NASL) before playing for several other clubs in North America, including Ottawa Fury FC and San Antonio FC.

“I am extremely excited and grateful to be able to represent the New York Cosmos for another season. It’s a global brand and a club that has so much history,” Hassan said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to the field with the guys and have all the confidence that this will be a great season for us. Carlos is a great coach and I am looking forward to continue working with him.”

The striker is looking forward to getting back on the field.

“It’s been a long offseason and everyone is itching to get started. It’s going to be a competitive season and once we return to action I’m sure we will play a brand of football that will honor the badge and New York.”

“We’re very happy to be have Charlie and Aly back,” said Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes. “Charlie brings a presence to our midfield and Aly is always a threat in and around the box.”

NISA recently announced plans for the Fall 2020 season with regionalized competition set to begin on August 8 and culminating in a tournament at a single location to determine the Fall champion. All games will be played behind closed doors.