Cosmos make Mendes the team’s first player signing

BY DAVE MARTINEZ

The last remaining Metrostar is now the first New York Cosmos player of the modern era.

The Cosmos have officially signed former Red Bull defender Carlos Mendes. Mendes, who will be 32 at months end, is a Mineola native and no stranger to the New York market. From 2005-’11, he was a fixture within the Red Bulls roster both as a starter and off the bench. He was cut by the team in 2011, the last remaining holdover of the MetroStars era.

He now reunites with former Red Bulls Giovanni Savarese and Erik Stover with the fledgling club.

“Carlos is a Long Island guy, well respected in the community and a leader on and off the field,” Cosmos COO Erik Stover said. “He gives us a solid foundation to build our club around.”

Savarese also added his approval of the acquisition. “Carlos is an experience and solid defender. We fully expect him to be a stong presence in the locker room and provide us with the leadership we’ll need.”

Now, how will Mendes be used leading up to the Fall 2013 season? During a Q&A session with supporters, Stover said the team would hire 10-12 players during both the winter and summer transfer windows in preparation of their Fall debut. Players signed during the winter window would be loaned out to interested third parties to keep them active. In order to maintain their connection with the team, the Cosmos also intend to use the players for PR purposes when available.

“I’m thrilled to join the New York Cosmos and not only play for a club that has seen some of the greatest players in soccer history but also return to my backyard to get the chance to compete in front of my family and friends,” said Mendes.

The Mendes signing is significant in that it establishes the return of a local veteran while continuing the Cosmos trend of reuniting old faces for the Red Bull regime.

What do you think of the signing? Share your thoughts below.

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20 Responses to Cosmos make Mendes the team’s first player signing

  1. anti rafa says:

    Decent first signing, solid experianced MLS level defender from the local area. Should be a quality NASL level defender.

  2. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    Wonder where he’s going to play until their first season? That’s like over 6 months away, right?

  3. Hmmmm says:

    It’s just dripping with star power.

    Was Ariaga 2 not available?

  4. Iggy says:

    ironic that it’s 3 old metro’s/red bulls who are on board at Cosmos first.

  5. Alex says:

    so now that they are after LI guys, what are the chances they will be looking at Mike Petke as a head a coach.

    • Nytshade says:

      While I have no input on the chances of it, the idea is a juicy one. I miss Petke’s passion on the field. Such a great player to watch.

    • Joamiq says:

      Not very good, given that Giovanni Savarese is their head coach.

  6. Brain Guy says:

    Does anyone else get the feeling that combining a brand (Cosmos) that shone brightly but then flamed out, and folks from a club (MetroStars) that was known mainly for underachieving, isn’t exactly a recipe for success? It’s long leap from Giorgio Chinaglia to present-day soccer fans, and any marketing strategy that relies on nostalgia may be doomed.

  7. Bobb says:

    Danny Szetela is from the NY/NJ area…..

  8. Josh D says:

    Pele would have been a better signing.

  9. slowleftarm says:

    Bunch of Red Bull rejects. Cosmos suck.

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  11. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    So, Cosmos.. havent signed any other guys? When does NASL season start???….

    • Mike V. says:

      NASL is going to a spilt season similar to Central/South America. Cosmos will not enter the league until the Fall portion of the season which I assume will start in August.

  12. Dave says:

    So what is he going to do for the next nine months until the Cosmos play? If they ever play?