It was a successful season in the NPSL for New York Cosmos B and its head coach Carlos Mendes has been named the league’s Coach of the Year.
A native of Mineola, Mendes led New York to a 12-1-1 record and the North Atlantic Conference championship. The team’s lone NPSL loss came in the playoffs to FC Motown 3-2.
“I am very honored to win this award,” Mendes said. “First of all, I would like to thank Rocco Commisso for giving me this tremendous opportunity. I’d also like to thank our amazing coaching staff and all the players who worked so hard throughout the season. This was a complete group effort and a pleasure to be a part of. Last but not least, thank you to the supporters of this wonderful club.”
Mendes became the head coach of Cosmos B on March 9, 2018, after a five-season tenure as the Cosmos first team captain. He was the first player to sign with the rebooted New York Cosmos when he agreed to a multi-year deal on December 2012. The club won three NASL Championships with Mendes anchoring the defense. In September 2016, Mendes became the first Cosmos player of the reboot era to reach 100 club appearances.
Prior to joining the Cosmos, Mendes spent eight seasons in MLS, including his first seven in New York with the MetroStars/Red Bulls. He ranks second on the franchise’s all-time games played list with 146, 128 of which he started. During his tenure in New York, Mendes helped the team reach its first and only MLS Cup Final appearance, a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew.
“Carlos did a fantastic job and he has a bright future with his coaching career,” said Erik Stover, New York Cosmos Chief Operating Officer. “He’s a club legend and has proven to be exceptional on the field and in the coach’s box.”