According to a report from Goal.com, Andre Lewis has signed a contract with the New York Cosmos.
The Jamaican player impressed at the MLS Combine before the SuperDraft, and was taken 7th overall by the Whitecaps. But according to Ives Galarcep, Lewis has opted to sign with the Cosmos.
Vancouver responded on Twitter by saying Lewis is signed by MLS and is a member of the Whitecaps’ squad.
To sum this potentially bizarre situation up, Galarcep’s report says Lewis has signed to play for the Cosmos, but the Whitecaps say he is signed to MLS and is their player. While the Whitecaps have addressed the situation, MLS is yet to release a statement or address Lewis through any form of social media.
The thought of Lewis opting to play in the NASL is not a good one for the MLS. What does it say about the league competitively and financially that a top prospect would opt for the NASL? If Lewis and the Whitecaps come to terms on a contract, what does that say about other veteran players in the league? Can they hold out for a higher salary.
After blocking Maurice Edu‘s move to Philadelphia Union because of his potential salary of $1.2 million, Lewis opting for the NASL because of the money wouldn’t be good. I’ll keep the post updated upon hearing any more news.