T2 Star, Cosmos Loanee Kharlton Belmar Wins USL Rookie of the Year

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

A current New York Cosmos player has won USL rookie of the year honors.

Portland Timbers 2 player Kharlton Belmar wins USL rookie of the year. The 22-year-old forward played in every T2 game this season, tallying twelve goals over the course of the season. His play was so impressive that the New York Cosmos signed him on loan from Portland to increase the depth at the forward position as they head into the NASL playoffs.

Belmar’s rode to the USL started in 2012 with the Mississippi Brilla of the PDL. He made twelve appearances, scoring two goals over that span. From there, he was selected 34th overall in the 2015 MLS Superdraft but was cut before the end of training camp. Belmar re-emerged with the reserve team in the USL and has made quite a mark in his short time with the organization.

Unfortunately, the Portland Timbers 2 did not qualify for the USL playoffs, finishing in eighth place. However, Belmar’s performance has made him a hot commodity — and one that Portland will be keeping an eye on for the MLS side next season.

Tomorrow, USL Award Week concludes with the league MVP being announced.


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  • Kevin

    So I’ll ask this to anyone because I guess I don’t pay attention even to this part of soccer to understand. Belmar is loaned to us and the Timbers can basically pull him back whenever they feel like it. Is there any chance to buy out his contract from the Timbers or no.

    • DanGerman

      In certain cases sure, but I doubt the Timbers sell someone this promising.

  • Kevin

    That’s what I figured. These r the kind of players I think we need to grow the Cosmos

  • REAL OpenCupFan Knows msl fans are Suckers

    #bots #loser, I just use hastags all the time. I live on Long Island where the Cosmos play. #longisland #nasl, I just can’t stop using hastags. #winner #virgin #hashtags. I call everyone bots. I’m that pathetic that I think the league is tracking me. I’m about one bad day from doing something crazy at school, like that kind of loser. #colombine #nofriendswhatsoever. #hashtagswontstop. NASL makes the Cosmos not independent. #notathletic

    • REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers

      I can’t #bushleaguemlsbots actually plagiarize the name that says they’re SUCKERS, truly amazing.
      .
      It’s true, suckers do post using other people’s names.


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