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Former Revolution defender Darrius Barnes signs with iconic NASL side

The fan favorite will compete in the second tier of American soccer this season.

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From 2009-2016, Darrius Barnes made 129 appearances for the New England Revolution. His grit and versatility made him a fan favorite in Foxboro. But in 2017, for the first time in his professional career, Barnes will suit up for a new club—the New York Cosmos.

On Friday, the Cosmos announced the signing of Barnes, who will join the club ahead of Saturday’s season opener vs. FC Puerto Rico.

“Darrius is yet another great addition to our 2017 squad,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese in a team release. “As we get closer to our season opener, we want to make sure we prepare our roster the best possible way and adding an experienced player like Darrius is getting us closer to where we want to be.”

Barnes trialed with the Seattle Sounders this preseason, but injuries and on-field inconsistencies kept him from latching on with the club. Instead, Barnes will play the 2017 season in Brooklyn.

“I am looking forward to playing this season with the New York Cosmos,” said Barnes in the same release. “This is, without a doubt, one of the most regarded soccer clubs in the United States and one can only feel proud of defending its colors.”

Originally founded in 1970, the Cosmos quickly emerged as the premier NASL team, led by international players such as Brazilian forward Pele and German defender Franz Beckenbauer. The team has gone through significant changes since that time, yet its success remains an integral part of American soccer history.

The Bent Musket wishes Darrius a productive career with the Cosmos and beyond.