After a 15 year playing career, New York Cosmos captain Carlos Mendes has decided to hang up his boots at the conclusion of the 2017 NASL season.
The defender has made history with the Cosmos since the teams reboot, making 116 appearances during his time with the boys in green.
Prior to becoming the first signing for the New York Cosmos in 2012, the 36 year-old began with the Long Island Rough Riders where he lifted the PDL title in 2002. His next two seasons were spent at the Rochester Rhinos where he made 37 appearances. Mendes began his stint in Major League soccer with the New York MetroStars/Red Bulls, playing six seasons there. Following his exit from the Red Bulls, Mendes joined Columbus Crew for the 2012 season.
The Minneola native then joined the New York Cosmos in December of 2012 where he would find the most success in his career. Carlos lead the boys in green to three NASL Championships, claiming the 2013, 2015 and 2016 titles. One Spring Season (2015) and two Fall Season titles (2013, 2016) are also included in the defender’s trophy case.
Carlos commented on his decision saying; “I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed a 15-year career playing professional soccer, but after much thought and consideration, I have come to the decision that I will be retiring after this 2017 season. My primary focus right now is to continue my work on the field with my teammates to try and help the club win another Championship.”
Mendes has also been rewarded for his exceptional performances, being included in the NASL Best XI for the last three seasons.
Cosmos Head Coach, Giovanni Savarese expressed his appreciation towards Mendes, saying; “Carlos was not only the first player the Cosmos signed back in 2013, but also our first Captain and one of our most storied leaders. He has helped the club accomplish many Championships and will forever remain in the hearts and minds of Cosmos players and fans around the world.”