Lewis and Barone Sign New Contracts

Both players to be loaned to Detroit City for the spring season
Feb 20, 2020

The New York Cosmos announced Thursday they had signed defender Matt Lewis and midfielder Sal Barone for the National Independent Soccer Association season.

Lewis and Barone will be loaned to Detroit City FC for the NISA spring season pending final approval from NISA and USSF. The Cosmos will make their NISA debut in the fall campaign, which starts in August.

"I'm really excited about it," Lewis said. "Obviously, it kind of shows some trust in me from Carlos [Mendes, head coach] and Erik [Stover, acting Chief Operating Officer] and the staff there. Super excited about being on board and playing for Carlos again. He's a guy that I want to get up and play for. Just really excited to get going."

Lewis, 23, was one of the standout performers during the 2019 National Premier Soccer League and NPSL Members Cup seasons. On many occasions he teamed with Emmanuele Sembroni to form a formidable pairing in central defense.

“Matt is a solid central defender and he had a great year last year," Mendes said. "Building the team through the spine is important and we know we have two formidable center backs with Lewis and Sembroni.”

Sal Barone returns for his third season with the Cosmos. "Sal is a guy that I know I can rely on. He gives us some versatility in the midfield and he knows how we want to play."

Before joining the Cosmos for pre-season training in June, Lewis and Barone will go out on loan to Detroit City FC, coached by Trevor James.

Mendes said that, "loaning Matt and Sal to Detroit will keep them fit and sharp over the next four months. Trevor is a good coach, so we know they will come back to us ready to play.”

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