CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Monday that the club has signed Romanian midfielder Răzvan Cociș from Ukrainian side FC Hozerla Uzhhorod. Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Răzvan is an experienced, well-traveled central midfielder,” said Fire Head Coach Frank Yallop. “He brings a wealth of international experience and will be a great addition as we enter the second half of the season.”
A product of the FC Universitatea Cluj youth academy, Cocis made his senior debut in 2001 and scored 14 goals in 37 appearances before transferring to Moldovan side FC Sheriff Tiraspol in 2004. From 2004 through 2006, Cocis helped Sheriff to three Divizia Nationala honors, two Moldovan Super Cups and the Moldovan Cup, and started seven UEFA Champions League matches.
Following his time in Moldova, Cocis moved to Russia in 2007 and joined FC Lokomotiv Moscow, leading the side to the Russian Cup in his first season with the club.
The Slatina, Romania native’s career included additional stops in Romania, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Russia before he joined Hoverla in 2013 where the central midfielder scored three goals in 19 appearances.
“I’m happy to be joining the Fire and can’t wait to get started,” said Cociș. “I think the move will suit me well as I enjoy big cities and Chicago is especially charming. The team is really coming together and I’m looking forward to contributing to its successes for the remainder of the season.”
A veteran Romanian international who has earned 50 caps for his country, Cociș made his international debut on Aug. 17, 2005 in a 2-0 win over Andorra. With six assists to his credit, Cociș scored two goals for his country including the lone goal in Romania’s 1-0 win over the Faroe Islands in UEFA World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 10, 2008. Cocis most recently appeared in Romania’s UEFA World Cup Qualifying playoff match against Greece on Nov. 15, 2013.
Date of Birth:
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February 19, 1983
Romanian (international slot)
Signed on July 14, 2014