The Cosmos announced Friday the signing of defender Dominick Falanga and forward Geo Alves for the National Independent Soccer Association fall season.
The signings are subject to U.S. Soccer Federation and NISA approval.
Falanga played with the Cosmos in 2019, Alves is a newcomer.
“We want to focus on young talent that are looking for the opportunity to play at the next level,” Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes said. “Geo and Dom are players that we feel that can take a step at the next level and be successful. We’re excited to have them at the Cosmos and are looking forward to getting this season underway.”
Alves joined the Cosmos after career at the University of Vermont, where he registered 10 goals and four assists as a senior. He was selected 62nd overall by D.C. United in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. Alves most recently played with Brockton FC United of the UPSL.
“It feels really good to be a part of this historical club,” Alves said. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity. I feel very welcomed by the players and coaching staff, and I can’t wait to contribute to the club.”
Mendes felt Alves will contribute to the team.
“We’ve very excited about Geo. From the first day of training when he came in, he’s a very dynamic player,” he said. “He’s very comfortable on the ball, and he’s good at not only connecting with players but stretching the game. He has that quality in the final third. We liked him a lot from the moment we saw him. He’s got a great attitude – I feel that he’s going to fit very well with the team. He knows what it means to represent this club. I think he’s going to contribute tremendously this season for us.”
Falanga returns to the Cosmos after playing for the team in the 2019 National Premier Soccer League Season. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native performed for FA Euro and Brooklyn Italians before joining the club last season. He also secured first team All-Northeast Conference honors while playing St. Francis Brooklyn in 2017.
“It’s always a great honor to have another year to represent the historic New York Cosmos,” Falanga said. “I’m very excited being able to go out on the field and represent all the passionate supporters of the club as well as New York. I’m always trying to give it all I can out on the field. The amazing group of guys we have on the team, as well as the great coaching staff makes it all the more exciting to go out there each day and compete.”
Mendes knew how important Falanga was during the NPSL and NPSL Members Cup season last year.
“Dom’s a player that is local guy, who has been with us and understands what we expect,” he said. “We’re very happy to have him back. He’s a hard worker, very solid defensively – just an honest, brave player. He competes, so I think he’ll really help us at the back and help us continue to grow.”