Cosmos Latest Signings Have Strong Local Roots

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With the start of the 2019 NPSL season fast approaching, the New York Cosmos have added five new players to its roster.

The quintet includes goalkeepers Paul Blanchette and Jesse Corke, defender Dominick Falanga, and midfielders Giuseppe Barone and Charlie Ledula.

Blanchette, 24, is a California native that brings experience playing abroad to the club. The goalkeeper featured for Finnish club PEPO Lappeenranta, making 18 league appearances.

Corke, 26, is another local player added to the squad. The Valley Stream native played collegiately at Molloy College and most recently played with German club Westfalia Wickede.

Falanga, 23, is a Brooklyn native that was a key player at St. Francis College during his collegiate career and was selected to NEC First Team All-Conference in 2017.  He was a member of the Brooklyn Italians NPSL squad a season ago.

Barone, 20, is also a Brooklyn native and played collegiately for LIU Brooklyn. The midfielder has played for the Brooklyn Italians in the NPSL the past three years.

Ledula, 26, is a native of England but has put roots down in Long Island. He played collegiately at LIU Post and was selected as an NCAA Division II All-American First Team in 2017.

Last season, Ledula featured for the Long Island Rough Riders in the United Soccer League Premier Development League (now USL League Two) and was voted the team’s player of the year after scoring 12 times in all competitions.

“The recent signings we made have all been of players that have been with us since the start of preseason,” said Joe Barone, Cosmos Senior Vice President. “They have all worked tremendously hard and earned their opportunity. The majority of them have also either grown up locally or have played locally in the past, which has been an important factor as we put together this year’s roster.”

The 2019 NPSL regular season kicks off on April 27 when New York Athletic Club visits Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale.