Bledi  Bardic scored 28 goals in 46 matches for Cosmos B and the Cosmos first team. (Photo courtesy of Bledi Bardic)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

With the Cosmos deciding not to play during the 2021 National Independent Soccer Association spring season, striker Bledi Bardic lived up to the position he plays and struck quickly.

On Friday, he signed with rival New Amsterdam FC.

The deal is pending U.S. Soccer and league approval, the team said.

“Happy to Sign With New York Amsterdam FC, New York newest sports pro team,” Bardic said on Twitter. “Excited for 2021 @NISALeague @NAFCNY”

In an interview later in the day, Bardic said that he signed with New Amsterdam “because is interesting club with good future. I liked what I saw and I think the club is in the right direction.”

“I made my decision to join Amsterdam with everything going around I needed to make sure to play football and do what I love, and I felt like New Amsterdam is the club. Despite other options from NISA teams, USL Championship clubs, I choose the New Amsterdam football club and I’m excited about the season.”

Bardic, who turned 29 on Jan. 10, spent four seasons with the Cosmos organization. He scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for the full and B teams.

“The Cosmos always will have a special part in my life, the badge, the fans, everything,” he said.

Asked his most memorable moment with the club, Bardic replied, “I was fortunate enough to score a lot of goals for the Cosmos in four seasons in four different leagues but goal against Hartford Athletic that won goal of the round of [Lamar Hunt] U.S. Open Cup was most special.”

That occurred in a 2-1 loss at Hartford in 2019 as Bardic fired in a bullet from distance.