Former Spain and Real Madrid striker Raul has come out of retirement to join the New York Cosmos.
The club which won the North American Soccer League (NASL) season- the United States and Canada second-tier division- announced that the 37-year-old has signed a multi-year contract, starting from the 2015 season.
Raul would also serve as a technical advisor for the club’s new academy, which is due to open next year.
“Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously,” Raúl said.
“They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honored to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
The likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto have, in the fledgling days of the NASL, featured for the Cosmos.
The club was reborn in 2010 with the intention of securing a place in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
Raul had retired from football after spending two years playing for Qatari side Al Saad. He had spent two seasons at German Bundesliga outfit Schalke before joining Al Saad.
“We’re obviously thrilled to add a player of his quality to the team,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Raul’s skill and ability is world renowned. He’s a world-class player and he adds a whole new dimension to our attack.
“He also brings immense passion and knowledge that he can share with our team and with the next generation of Cosmos players in our youth academy. He’ll help set the academy training curriculum, structure and establish our player development pyramid.”