The signing would address one of the thinnest parts of the Cosmos lineup. To date, Carlos Mendes, David Ochieng and Dejan Jakovic (signed Wednesday) are the only natural center backs on the team. The Cosmos appeared light in the back with Ochieng called up to the Kenyan national team, but the signing of Barnes would look to even that out prior to the match in Puerto Rico on Saturday.
Barnes’ history includes two years played with the Cary RailHawks U-23s, a USL PDL team partnered with the Carolina RailHawks, then of the USL First Division.
Barnes joins after playing for the Revolution since 2009, making 111 starts in 129 matches. He scored twice, adding four assists across that span. In the last two years, however, he made only nine appearances. This was, in part, due to a torn patellar tendon injury that sidelined him for six months.
Barnes was on the bench during the Open Cup loss to the Revolution in 2016.
A Prost Amerika report from January indicated the 30-year-old had departed the Revolution and was in talks to join another MLS club.