Pedro Galvão (left), pictured with Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes: “Attitude and enthusiasm play a big part in my life, and I can’t express how excited I am to join the team.” (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)

NEW YORK – The Cosmos Wednesday announced the signing of defender Pedro Galvão.

The 29-year old defender is a native of Waterbury, Conn., but spent the bulk of his career playing in Portugal.

Pedro Galvão signed with the club for the National Premier Soccer League season and the NPSL Founders Cup.

He spent time in the youth system of first-division Portuguese clubs Benfica and Acadêmica. Galvão also played for Gil Vicente and Sertanense among several other clubs.

“It’s an honor to represent the New York Cosmos, and I’m very excited for the season, “Galvão said. “Attitude and enthusiasm play a big part in my life, and I can’t express how excited I am to join the team.

“The mentality of the New York Cosmos is about winning and so is mine. I’m here to help and hopefully we can achieve our goals.”

Galvão, who primarily operates as a left back but can operate in midfield, returned to North America in 2016 when he joined FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League. He spent two seasons with the Canadian club, making 34 league appearances. Galvão most recently played for Penn FC in the United Soccer League, participating in 17 league games. Galvão is the second player from Penn FC to join the Cosmos, following Aaron Dennis, who signed earlier this month.

“Pedro fits the mold of what we’re looking for in our defenders,” Cosmos senior vice president Joe Barone said. “He’s strong defensively, but is comfortable on the ball and joining in on the attack. We’re pleased he’s joined us for the 2019 season.”

Added head coach Carlos Mendes: “He’s a very good player and he brings a lot of quality. He’s played overseas so he has a lot of experience and I think he is a huge addition to the club and the team.”