Bledi Bardic and Harri Hawkins have been promoted from the Cosmos B team to the NASL side. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
NEW YORK — Cosmos B forward Bledi Bardic and defender Harri Hawkins will join the Cosmos senior side for the remainder of the North American Soccer League season, it was announced Saturday.
Cosmos defender Alexis Velela will join C.F. Motril in Spain’s third division on loan. Velela debuted for the Cosmos Sept. 3, 2016, coming on as a 49th-minute substitute in a scoreless road draw against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The 19-year-old San Diego, California native also came off the bench in the Cosmos’ spring season finale against FC Edmonton.
“This is a great opportunity for Alexis,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He will have the opportunity to play more minutes and get exposure to a different environment. We look forward to seeing him succeed with C.F. Motril.”
Bardic appeared in the Cosmos’ last three spring season games. He debuted for the first team July 4, coming off the bench in the 80th minute against Indy Eleven.
The Cosmos’ spring finale against FC Edmonton saw Bardic come off the bench with five minutes remaining in a 1-0 win.
Hawkins, a 6-3 defender from England, made his senior team debut in an international exhibition match against Valencia CF, starting in a 2-0 victory.
“Bledi and Harri have worked very hard since the beginning of the season to earn a spot in the first team,” Savarese said. “They have both shown desire when playing at the highest level and we are confident they will add value and depth to our squad.”
The Cosmos hit the road to play North Carolina FC Saturday at 7:30 pm. The team returns to MCU Park on Brooklyn, N.Y. to take on Jacksonville Armada FC Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 pm.