It didn’t take long for Cosmos B left back John Neeskens to find a new club.

In fact, the 24-year-old defender became the first player from the National Premier Soccer League side to hook with a team as he signed with SD Formentera of the Spanish Third Division Wednesday.

Neeskens was a regular on a Cosmos B team that reached the Northeast Region final, where it lost to FC Motown, 3-2.

He originally joined Cosmos B when it captured the NPSL title in 2015.  After that season, Neeskens tried his luck with LA Galaxy II, where he met his current Cosmos B teammate, Rafa Garcia.

He went back to his native Spain to play for Gava and Santboià — two teams in Catalonia — in 2017 before he contacted head coach Carlos Mendes about returning to the fold.

Mendes welcomed Neeskens back with open arms for several reasons.

“He’s a leader,” he said earlier in the season. “Tactically, he’s very aware, a very good player. Even though he’s playing outside back, he gives us so much going forward. He’s great, he’s been excellent at whipping balls in, putting the ball in dangerous areas. He’s very good on the ball, very composed. He brings so much to us. Outside of being a leader, a very smart player, very good on possession. On both ends of the ball whether it’s attacking or defending, he’s smart. So, I’m very happy and lucky to have him.”

Now, so is  SD Formentera.

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 Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of 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