New York, NY - On Tuesday. the New York Cosmos signed Long Island-native Carlos Mendes.
Known to many as the “Last Metrostar,” Mendes will have the opportunity to play in front of his family and friends in Long Island. Born and raised in Mineola, Long Island, Mendes played youth soccer for the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club. After graduating from Old Dominion University, Mendes played for the Long Island Rough Riders of the United Soccer League IN 2002.
“Carlos is a Long Island guy, well respected in the community and a leader on and off the field,” said Cosmos COO Erik Stover. “He gives us a solid foundation to build our club around.”
From 2005 – 2012, the 31-year-old defender competed in the MLS for seven seasons where six seasons were with the MetroStars/Red Bulls. During his time with the Red Bulls, he was part of the 2008 Red Bulls squad that reached the MLS Cup where they ultimately lost 3-1 to the Columbus Crew. Ironically, his seventh and final MLS season was with the Columbus Crew.
Officially a New York Cosmos, Mendes will wear the same NO. 4 former Cosmos captain Werner Roth wore during his playing days. Even though August is a long time, it’s refreshing to know that that a familiar face will be representing the New York Cosmos of our era come 2013.
By being the first Cosmos player signed for NASL competition, expectations have already been established by Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “Carlos is an experienced and solid defender. We fully expect him to be a strong presence in the locker room and provide us with the leadership we’ll need,” expressed Savarese.
To learn more about Carlos Mendes, please go to NYCosmos.com.