The Cosmos announced Wednesday that they will travel to Bermuda to continue its preseason preparation.

They will face the Bermuda national team at the Bermuda National Sports Centre Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. ET.

“We are happy to continue our preseason work, this time by travelling to Bermuda, where the Cosmos had a presence 40 years ago,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said said in a statement. “The team is looking forward to starting the season strong and playing international matches that allow us to rotate players is very helpful.”

The Bermuda Football Association and the Department of Youth and Sport partnered with the Bermuda Tourism Authority to make the training trip a reality.

“Our primary role is to bring visitors to Bermuda, yet we’re also looking to add extra benefits for our community as a result of the work we’re doing in tourism,” said Chief Product and Experiences Development Officer for the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Pat Phillip-Fairn said in a press release. “Whether its golf or sailing, rugby or soccer – sports is once again proving a formidable force to attract volume to Bermuda during the shoulder season.”

The Cosmos as well as the North American Soccer League have strong Bermuda ties.

In 1972, Bermudian Randy Horton wound up as the team’s most valuable player and top goal-scorer as the Cosmos secured their first NASL title. He is expected to visit the players and coaching staff later this month in Bermuda.

The Cosmos will kick off their spring season at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium to take on Puerto Rico FC March 25. They will return home to host Miami FC for their home opener at MCU Park in Brooklyn Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.