The Cosmos announced Monday the signing of defender Kevin Venegas.

The 29-year-old Venegas will play for the Cosmos during the National Premier Soccer League season and the NPSL Founders Cup.

He began his professional career with the Minnesota Stars FC – now Minnesota United FC – in the North American Soccer League in 2012.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization like the New York Cosmos,” Venegas said. “Being a part of such a prestigious club with so much history and success makes me anxious to get out on the field with my new teammates and coaching staff.

“When I think New York Cosmos, I think championships.”

Venegas is a fullback that brings defensive stability and is a constant threat getting down the flank to join the attack. He also has a knack for playing dangerous crosses into the box.

He joined the club in its inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2017. Venegas made more than 100 appearances during his time with Minnesota.

Most recently, Venegas was a member of Indy Eleven in the United Soccer League, where he featured 21 times.

“Adding a player like Kevin is very exciting,” Cosmos senior vice president Joe Barone said. “We know he is a fierce competitor from our matchups in the NASL when he was with Minnesota United and can’t wait to see him in the Cosmos badge.”

Added Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes: “Kevin is a player I’ve known many years through the NASL and MLS and have always enjoyed his approach to the game.

“He is a player with a high-level of experience, who will fit our style of play very well. He’s a very good outside back who is comfortable on the ball and can give us a lot going forward. He’s a very big addition to our club and our plans for this season.”