Cobi Jones, 40, joined the LA Galaxy in 1996 after playing overseas for Coventry City of the English Premier League and Vasco de Gama of Brazil. Not only did Jones score the Galaxy¹s first goal in club history, but he also holds club records to this day in nearly every statistical category (70 goals and 91 assists in 306 career regular season games). Jones is the only player to have played in each of the first 12 seasons of Major League Soccer (MLS). Shortly after retiring as a professional player, he became Assistant Coach for the Galaxy for three campaigns during the 2008-2010 seasons. In addition to his distinguished MLS career, he has also played in three consecutive World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002) and is the all-time leader in caps (164) for the U.S. National Team.
³The New York Cosmos have a history of associating ourselves with the best,² says Paul Kemsley, Chairman of The New York Cosmos. ³Cobi Jones fits perfectly into the DNA of this club. We look forward to the impact that he will have on this organization and on the players who will form the backbone of our future.²
³I am both honored and blessed to have had such a wonderful career with the LA Galaxy and I am thankful for everything the club, the fans and the community has done for me and my family,² says Jones. ³I am excited to bring my deep knowledge, passion and expertise of soccer in this country to The New York Cosmos. They truly represent where this sport is headed on a national and international level, and I want to make history with them.²
A native of Westlake Village, California, Jones played soccer at UCLA and was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2002. He is recognized as a youth advocate and works with various soccer organizations across the country including American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), the U.S. Soccer Foundation, AmericaSCORES, HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) and others.