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New York Cosmos bring back Alessandro Noselli, ink keeper Kyle Zobeck

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The New York Cosmos are weeks away from beginning the quest to repeat as North American Soccer League champions and the team has announced that Alessandro Noselli will return to be part of the effort to bring the legendary franchise its seventh NASL title.

The 33-year-old Noselli made nine appearances for the Cosmos during the fall season and scored three goals, including the dramatic game-winner in stoppage time that lifted the Cosmos to a 2-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in early August in the historic franchise’s first NASL game in nearly 30 years.

“I’m extremely excited about staying on with the team,” Noselli said in a release from the club. “We play an attractive possession-based style that is perfect for an attacking player such as myself. The camaraderie on this squad between the players is special and I’m looking forward to defending our championship title.”

The Cosmos also announced that they have signed former FC Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck, who trialed with the team during its preseason trip to Dubai. The 24-year-old will provide depth at the position.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to making an impact with the team,” Zobeck said. “This is a club with so much history, especially coming off a championship in 2013, and I am excited to be a part of it.”

In other NASL news, the Tampa Bay Rowdies acquired the rights to goalkeeper Matt Pickens and signed him to a multi-year contract. Pickens played 10 seasons in MLS, including the last five with the Colorado Rapids.

More transactions: Minnesota United FC added striker Daniel Mendes and the Strikers signed forward Marius Ebbers.

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