Defender Chris Wingert And Forward Bljedi Bardic Join Club For The NPSL Season
Published Mar 15, 2018

NEW YORK (March 15, 2018) – The New York Cosmos announced today the additions of defender Chris Wingert along with forward Bljedi Bardic, who re-signed with the club, for the upcoming NPSL season.  

“I’m very happy with these additions to our club,” said Cosmos B Head Coach Carlos Mendes.  “I’ve known Chris a long time. He’s a quality player that will bring a lot experience and leadership to our younger players.”  

Mendes also added, “Bljedi is a versatile goal scorer that can help us in many ways in our attack.”

Wingert, 35, spent the past two seasons with MLS’ Real Salt Lake, where he played in 43 games.  The defender, had played 27 matches with New York City FC in 2015, before an eight-year (2007-2014) tenure with Real Salt Lake in which he helped the team capture MLS title in 2009.  The St. John’s University Alumni, earned an international appearance with the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 3-2 win against Sweden in 2009. The native of Babylon, N.Y., also spent time with Colorado Rapids (2006-2007) and Columbus Crew (2004-2005).

Cosmos B signees also include the return of Montenegrin forward, Bardic for a second consecutive year.  Born in Bar, Montenegro, Bardic, 26, played several matches of the 2017 NPSL campaign before he moved to the Cosmos first team, where he scored twice in 10 matches.  Prior to coming to New York, Bardic played with the NASL’s Puerto Rico FC in 2016 and in his second appearance with the Caribbean club he scored the winning goal against the Strikers.  Bardic also played professionally in his native country before he joined Clarkstown SC Eagles of NPSL in 2013.

Cosmos B commence the 2018 NPSL Season by visiting Boston City FC at Brothers Gilbert Stadium on May 7, at 7 pm ET.  The club’s first home encounter of the NPSL campaign is set against the Brooklyn Italians on May 15, at 8 pm ET with the stadium to be determined.


About The New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos are the most recognized American soccer brand in the world. Since beginning play at Yankee Stadium in 1971, the iconic club has won a record total of 8 professional soccer championships and brought some of the biggest stars in international soccer to the USA including Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto, and more recently, Raúl and Marcos Senna.  For more information on the New York Cosmos and Cosmos B, please visit, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@NYCosmos).

About The NPSL

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the largest organized men’s soccer league in the United States with 96 teams competing across the country in 2017.   The NPSL is a successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002.  The NPSL is a member league of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and sanctioned by U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.  NPSL’s cooperative and turnkey ownership platform has led to its explosive growth, countless player development opportunities, and commitment to grow the game in the United States.  For more information about the NPSL, please visit


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