Mendes Hits Milestone As Cosmos Draw With Eddies

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Following its scoreless draw with FC Edmonton Saturday night at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium, the New York Cosmos hold a five point lead in the North American Soccer League’s fall standings.

With defending league champions eying its third league title in four years, New York has some work ahead as the team looks to secure a playoff spot and home field advantage. Only two of its seven remaining matches will be played at home, October 2 vs. Ft. Lauderdale and October 22 vs. Miami FC. Its five road matches have the Cosmos heading to Indy Eleven, Carolina, Ottawa, Jacksonville and Minnesota.

While neither New York or Edmonton could pierce the goal line, the Cosmos were not without its chances throughout the match. According to the team’s match report, one of New York’s more dangerous opportunities came during the 20th minute when midfielder Juan Arango’s set piece kick from about 28 yards rattled off the crossbar.

“We may have deserved a little bit more from the match than what we got,” said Giovanni Savarese, Cosmos Head Coach. “But we have to stay positive. That’s what I said to the players.”

The match also marked the 100th appearance for Cosmos captain Carlos Mendes, the first player to reach the milestone since the team’s reboot in 2013. He played the full 90 minutes, garnering Emirates Cosmos Man of the Match honors.

“It’s a special night for my family, my friends and the fans that have supported me from day one,” Mendes said. “That’s always great. Each and every day I still try to improve.”