Photo by New York Cosmos
By AARON CRANFORD
Former New York Red Bulls defender Carlos Mendes made 146 appearances for his MLS club, but he never scored a single goal. Yet, it only took him 36 minutes to bag a brace against FC Edmonton on Sunday.
The 34-year-old New York Cosmos defender claimed the first of the six-goal affair after pouncing on a rebound in the box against the Eddies in the second minute of play. He then redirected a curled cross from Ayoze Garcia into the top-right corner of the goal almost 35 minutes later, leading his side to an important 4-2 victory in Week 6 of NASL play.
With the two-goal performance, Mendes earns recognition as SBI NASL Player of the Week, beating out Miguel Gallardo, Pablo Campos and Bright Dike.
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