In October, the New York Cosmos signed former Spanish national team captain Raul Gonzalez to a multi-year deal, which—in addition to his roster spot on the team—includes the position of technical advisor for the Cosmos Youth Academy. When the 37 year old retires from playing, he will reportedly assume a full-time role overseeing the team's youth development program.
This would appear to be good news for the Cosmos, as Gonzalez is one of the most decorated players of his generation. At the time of his professional debut with Real Madrid in 1994, Raul was the youngest player in club history. He'd go on to make 741 total appearances for Real, serve as captain from 2003-2010, and scored a club-record 323 total goals across all competitions. In sum, it'll be tough for a snot-nosed hotshot in the Cosmos Youth Academy to question the sensei's credentials.
Recently, Complex News had the opportunity to sit down with Raul to talk about his new position with the Cosmos, adjusting to life in the U.S., and—consequently—whether or not he's a fan of Taylor Swift. Check out the video above.