Cobi Jones joins Cosmos group hoping for MLS team

Published Jan. 10, 2011 12:52 p.m. ET

Former U.S. World Cup player Cobi Jones has been hired as director of soccer of the New York Cosmos group that hopes to acquire a Major League Soccer expansion team.

The Cosmos bought the name of the old North American Soccer League team and hope to become the MLS's 20th club. It has yet to find its own suitable stadium in the New York area.

Jones was a member of World Cup teams in 1994, 1998 and 2002. He had 15 goals in a U.S.-record 164 international appearances.

After stints with Coventry City and Vasco da Gama, he played for the Los Angeles Galaxy in their first 12 seasons, through 2007. He spent the last three years as an assistant coach with the team.