Matt Lewis was an integral part of Fordham’s success in the 2017 NCAA Division I tournament. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)

NEW YORK – The Cosmos announced Tuesday the signing of former Fordham University defender Matt Lewis.

Lewis will play with the Cosmos during the National Premier Soccer League season and the NPSL Founders Cup.

“I’m stoked to be a part of the historic New York Cosmos,” Lewis said. “I’m anxious to meet the guys and start the journey. I feel I have a lot to prove. I want to bring my own brand of leadership, hard work, and attitude.

“I would like to thank Joe Barone, Carlos Mendes and the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity and I plan to be a part of a championship.”

Lewis began his professional career in 2018 when he was signed to a Homegrown Player contract with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. He played with the club’s United Soccer League affiliate Swope Park Rangers, making 12 league appearances. He was released by Swope Park Dec. 3, 2018.

The 22-year-old defender played four years at Fordham, recording five goals with five assists in 84 games

“Matt is a young player that we feel can really grow with us,” said Barone, the Cosmos senior vice president. “He knows the area well having played in college with Fordham and we believe he will be a great addition to our squad.”

Lewis was a member of the 2017 Fordham squad that reached the NCAA Division I quarterfinals, despite playing all of its tournament matches on the road.

“We’re excited to have Matt and feel he will be an impact player for us this season.. He’s a defender who reads the game well and is comfortable on the ball,” Mendes said.

“He’s also familiar playing in New York after his standout career with Fordham, and we feel he can replicate that success as a member of our squad.”