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Once a Goat: Cesar Romero caps off outstanding season in Armenia with Golden Boot, league title

Three Goats in Armenia this season, and one had a very successful time indeed.

Romero: Game really took flight this season in Armenia.
Romero: Game really took flight this season in Armenia.
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Several months back we checked in with former Chivas USA forward Cesar Romero, and he was flying high with his new team, FC Pyunik in Armenia, of all places (and he's not the only former Goat playing in Armenia, as Bryan de la Fuente and Carlo Chueca are also in that league).

On Saturday, Romero saw the campaign through in style, as he helped lead Pyunik to a domestic double of the league title and domestic cup, while also taking the Golden Boot in the Armenian Premier League for the 2014-15 season, scoring 21 goals in the league.

According to MLSsoccer.com's Greg Seltzer, Romero therefore takes the crown as the most prolific American in Europe for this season in both goals and assists, as he also added nine of those for the team.

Pyunik extend their record of league titles in the APL, and the question now must be whether Romero will remain with the club for next season, or if he may get a look by a bigger club (or perhaps a club in a bigger league). It's tricky, since he's clearly settled well with Pyunik, and will get an opportunity to play in the Champions League this summer (albeit only CL qualifying, unless they go on an amazing run to get into the tournament proper). He may find more success if he moves on, or he may struggle to really do much in a new location. Of course, if he's still under contract, he'll be at the whim of the club if any transfer offers come their way, so who knows.

Meanwhile, de la Fuente's and Chueca's Ararat Yerevan finished in last place for the season. Chueca notched two goals in 10 league appearances this season, while de la Fuente grabbed four goals in 22 league games.

Small world seeing three former CUSA players halfway around the world, and pretty remarkable to see Romero do so well this season. Congrats to him on the personal and team honors!

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