Former New York Cosmos captain, Carlos Mendes, has been named head coach of New York Cosmos B ahead of the 2018 NPSL season.
“I’m so thankful to the Cosmos and Rocco Commisso for this opportunity,” said Mendes. “I had a great five years as a player and I can’t think of a better way to begin my coaching career.”
This managerial position will be Mendes’ first following his retirement after the conclusion of the 2017 North American Soccer League season.
During his time on the field with the boys in green, Mendes joined the list of New York Cosmos legends. The defender was the team’s first signing during the 2012 reboot, playing five straight seasons for the Cosmos.
Mendes made an outstanding 112 appearances during his time in New York, being named to the NASL team of the year three times.
“It’s been a tumultuous time for our organization and Carlos brings much needed stability,” said Cosmos COO Erik Stover. We’ve always been a family here and I’m certain he will continue that tradition.”
Luckily for Carlos Mendes, he’ll have at least one familiar face with him. Midfielder Danny Szetela has signed an extension with the club, and has been named captain of New York Cosmos B.
“I love this club and I’m happy to be back. We don’t know what the future holds, but I’m going to do whatever I can to help Carlos and the Cosmos be successful.” commented Szetela.
The 30 year-old has spent the last five seasons with the Cosmos in NASL play, in which he joined Mendes in the century club for appearances.
“Danny is a high character guy and a great teammate,” said new Head Coach Carlos Mendes. “We’ve been through a lot of battles together over the years and I think it’s important to have an experienced guy like Danny captain this team.”
Having an experienced player in the center of midfield with likely much younger players will be very beneficial for Cosmos B and will likely push them above other NPSL sides.
“I’ve said it a lot over the last five or six years, the Cosmos gave me a chance to play again,” added Szetela. “I’m thankful for that and I hope to help us win an NPSL Championship.”