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New York Cosmos sign Kharlton Belmar on loan

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The New York Cosmos are a bit shorthanded all of a sudden, following Haji Wright's departure to the U17 World Cup. On Thursday, the club moved to sign some reinforcement upfront, agreeing a deal with the Portland Timbers to take forward Kharlton Belmar on loan for the remainder of the season.

Belmar spent the season with Timbers 2 in the USL, where he had an outstanding campaign. He recorder 12 goals, which topped T2, while chipping on with three assists as well. That 12 goal total was good for seventh in USL.

Kharlton played collegiately at Virginia Commonwealth, where he made 76 appearances during his four-year career. He performed well enough during that time to be selected 34th overall in the 2015 MLS draft, by the Timbers.

With just five matches remaining during the regular season, it seems unlikely that Belmar will have enough time to settle in to a regular role with the club. Still, he seems like a nice addition in terms of depth, and could have a part to play if Gio Savarese's side continue to find themselves trailing late in matches.