The NASL Team of the Season has been announced, and the eleven-man group contains two New York Cosmos' players. Unsurprisingly, the honorees included a defender and a goalkeeper, as the Cosmos were exceptional again this season in keeping the ball out of the back of the net.
Here's what the NASL had to say about the pair:
Jimmy Maurer, New York Cosmos: The Lawrenceville, Ga. native appeared in 24 games, posting the league’s second-best goals against average (0.91) and recording a league-high 11 clean sheets. The former University of South Carolina star made 67 saves, posted a 10-7-6 record, and earned NASL Team of the Week honors twice.
Carlos Mendes, New York Cosmos: Serving as the Cosmos captain this year, the Mineola, N.Y. native saw action in 25 games. The 33-year-old defender helped New York post a league-low three goals in the NASL Spring Season, and chipped in a pair of goals and an assist. Mendes was named to the NASL Team of the Week five times and picked up NASL Player of the Week honors once.
Joining the pair in the team of the season were the following nine players:
Tiago Calvano (Minnesota United), Darnell King (Fort Lauderdale Strikers), Justin Davis (Minnesota United)
Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United), Rafael Castillo (San Antonio Scorpions), Walter Restrepo (San Antonio Scorpions), Lance Laing (FC Edmonton)
Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United), Fafa Picault (Fort Lauderdale Strikers)
All in all, there's not too much to argue about with the selections, though I'm a bit surprised king wound up being selected in front of Hunter Freeman. Congratulations to both Mendes and Maurer on their awards.