Former Monarch Carlos Mendes Signs With MetroStars of MLS

March 30, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 30, 2005

NORFOLK, VA -Former Old Dominion men's soccer player Carlos Mendes (1998-01) has signed with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of Major League Soccer, becoming the first ODU player to sign with the MLS.  Mendes, 24, was among five players signed by the MetroStars and the only current professional.  He spent the past two years playing for the A-League's Rochester Raging Rhinos.  Before that, Mendes spent a year with the Long Island Rough Riders and also spent a year with the Hampton Roads Mariners of the A-League.


Carlos Mendes, a midfielder, was selected to three straight All-CAA Men's Soccer First Teams (1999-2001) during his time with the Monarchs and was named the 1998 CAA Rookie of the Year.  Mendes, who ranks 12th on the all-time list in points (47) and third in assists (25), was also named to the 2000 All-South Atlantic First Team, the 2001 All-South Atlantic Third Team, the VaSID First Team in 2000 and 2001 and the VaSID Second Team in 1999.


Mendes, a native of Mineola, NY, graduated from ODU in 2001 with a degree in Education.  He finished his Monarch career with 11 goals, 25 assists and 47 points.


Carlos Mendes ODU Stats:

Year                 GP/GS             G            A            PTS

1998                18/18               4            6              14

1999                19/19               1            10            11

2000                18/18               4            6              14

2001                17/17               2            3              7

TOTAL            72/72             11            25            47


ODU Honors:

1998:   CAA Rookie of the Year

1999:   All-CAA First Team, VaSID Second Team

2000:  All-CAA First Team, VaSID First Team, All-South Atlantic First Team

2001:  All-CAA First Team, VaSID First Team, All-South Atlantic Third Team


Carlos Mendes Rochester Stats:

Year                 G            A          PTS

2004                0            1            1

2003                1            0            2

TOTAL            1            1            3