El Salvador int’l Menjivar joins New York Cosmos

El Salvador international Richard Menjivar (pictured) joined the New York Cosmos on February 16, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol)

NEW YORK – The New York Cosmos announced Thursday the signing of Richard Menjivar, making him the third El Salvador international to join the North American Soccer League club in the past month.

The 26-year-old midfielder joins teammates midfielder Andres Flores and forward Irvin Herrera on the two-time reigning champion’s roster.

“We are very content to have Richard join the Cosmos,” said Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese.  “He is a versatile midfielder who understands the game and will bring valuable experience to the squad.”

Flores, Herrera and Menjivar helped the Salvadorans to a third-place finish in 2017 Copa Centroamericana, which secured them a place in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“I’m honored to wear the Cosmos jersey this season,” Menjivar remarked.  “This is an iconic organization that has achieved tremendous success through generations.  I look forward to training hard and improve every day so I can contribute to the overall success of the team.”

The Cosmos are Menjivar's fifth NASL team in as many years.  He has also played for the Atlanta Silverbacks (2013), the San Antonio Scorpions (2014), Tampa Bay Rowdies (2015) and Rayo OKC (2016).

Menjivar, who has scored once in 36 international appearances, also participated in two other editions of the Copa Centroamericana (2013, 2014) and two CONCACAF Gold Cups (2013, 2015).