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Q&A with Carlos Mendes

Posted on 15 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN moonlighter and fellow Seeing Red!… moderator Dave Martinez attended the New York Red Bulls U.S. Open Cup victory over the New England Revolution and caught up with centerback Carlos Mendes after the match. Here is his report

Carlos Mendes, sporting the captain's armband vs. New England ©Scott Marsh/ASN

It has been nearly two years since Red Bulls’ longest tenured player, Carlos Mendes, saw steady playing time. Hampered by a series of injuries, compounded by the turf at Giants Stadium, the center back has struggled to secure his spot on the team. For years prior, though, he was a steady face on the Bulls backline, forming an effective alliance with current Sounders centerback, Jeff Parke.

And that is what makes Wednesdays game against New England so special, and this weekends Seattle clash so meaningful. Mendes started the US Open Cup play-in alongside Andrew Boyens and went the entire 90 minutes for the first time in recent memory. And as an extra incentive, he wore the Captains armband as well. He put in an effective performance, contributing to the 3-0 shutout of the rival side, making several key plays in closing what little offense the Revs seemed to manage.

Dave Martinez: How are you feeling after your first complete performance?

Carlos Mendes: I feel good. Tired but good. First 90 minutes in a long time. Overall, it was a good performance by the team and I feel fine.

DM: How is the healing process going?

CM: Well good. I’m happy, I’ve been training. Obviously I got my first 45 in Philly, and this was my first 90. It takes time to get back to that game fitness, but overall, it feels good. Hopefully now I can move forward and stay healthy.

DM: Tell us a little bit about that armband you were sporting (for the New England game).

CM: Obviously, it’s nice to have the Coaches confidence in you as a leader, and it’s always a good thing, but more importantly, it’s about the win and the way we played out there. It was nice, and it was fun to be out there.

DM: Do you feel the way you played today may lead to regular minutes in MLS season play?

CM: Well, I hope so. As long as I stay fit, that’s what I’m here for; to compete and to help this team win. There’s still a lot of games and the team is doing well, so I just have to keep battling, stay healthy and be ready when Coach needs me.

DM: The team has also been very effective on all of it’s competitive fronts. Tell us about the depth this season and how it has contributed to the early team success.

CM: Oh it’s been great. Even Coach says it day in and day out in practice; the play is pretty even between the guys that start and the guys fighting for spots, so it’s great and you need that. I think it’s a key as to why we keep playing so hard. Everyone is competing for a spot.

DM: Finally, how far are you from 100% fitness?

CM: I feel good, you know, I feel pretty good. After 90 minutes, I will probably be a little more sore than I should be, but I think if I keep training, 1 or 2 more games and I am there. I am just trying to get rid of the soreness that comes with playing 90 minutes, but again, I feel good.

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