NEW YORK (March 19, 2018) – The New York Cosmos announced today the signings of two defenders, Jonathan Borrajo and Alexis Velela, as well as striker Wojciech Wojcik to its Cosmos B 2018 roster.
“Borrajo is a versatile defender that can get forward and play a few positions for us,” said Cosmos B Head Coach Carlos Mendes. “He also brings a lot of experience to the squad. He’s a great addition for us.”
An NASL veteran, Borrajo comes to Cosmos B after spending the last two years (2016-2017) with Miami FC. The 30-year-old saw action in 39 matches, while he dished out six assists from the backline during his tenure with Miami FC. Borrajo also helped Miami FC to claim both the NASL Spring and Fall Regular Season Championships in 2017. After spending 2015 with Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the native of Clifton, N.J. was also part of the NASL Championship Team with the San Antonio Scorpions in 2014. Borrajo, who had a stellar college career at George Mason University, has also played professionally in the USL, Norway and MLS.
“It’s great to have Alexis back with the team. He’s a young guy that battled for playing time with the Cosmos first team the last couple of years, and has a lot of NPSL experience,” added Mendes. “This will be a great opportunity for him to get regular minutes and to continue to improve.”
Velela, 19, a San Diego, California native is primarily a rightback. Part of the U.S. Youth National Team Program since 2011, starting every match for the U-17 team in the 2015 CONCACAF Championship. Velela made his first team debut with The New York Cosmos on September 3, 2016 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
“Woj is a big, physical striker with good feet that will also be a threat on crosses,” said Mendes. “He should pair up nicely with Bljedi Bardic.”
Wojciech Wojcik, 25, played the last two seasons for the Oklahoma City Energy in the USL. Woj was born in Poland and also has U.S. citizenship. He attended Bradley University and signed his first professional contract with Finnish side FC Ilves. In 2015, he moved back to the States signing with the Indy 11.
Cosmos B commence the 2018 NPSL Season by visiting Boston City FC at Brother Gilbert Stadium on May 5, at 7 pm ET. The club’s first home encounter of the 2018 NPSL campaign is against the Brooklyn Italians on May 15, at 8 pm ET, with the stadium to be announced.