Following a 4-2 victory over FC Edmonton which saw the New York Cosmos remain atop the North American Soccer League table, I think most expected to see several players named to the league's Team of the Week. Indeed, three player were honored by the NASL on Wednesday, and here's what they had to say about each of the three:
Carlos Mendes (New York Cosmos) – A player usually known for his defending abilities, Mendes found the back of the net twice on Sunday to earn Player of the Week honors. The new father was very strong in his defensive duties as well, helping the Cosmos earn their second straight win and third overall at home. Thanks to efforts like the one Mendes put forth over the weekend, the Cosmos remain atop the Spring Season standings as the league’s only unbeaten team.
Leo Fernandes (New York Cosmos) – Playing in his first NASL season, Fernandes has been a mainstay in the Cosmos starting lineup this year. The Brazilian-born midfielder put in another solid shift on Sunday, causing problems for the Eddies’ defense all match long. Fernandes picked up the assist on Lucky Mkosana’s goal, which put the match to bed midway through the second half.
Lucky Mkosana (New York Cosmos) – Mkosana has played a more active role in the Cosmos’ attack recently, and he made an impact once again on Sunday, chipping in with his second goal in as many weeks. Fernandes’ pass found Mkosana in plenty of space, and the Zimbabwe native demonstrated composure to take a touch, pick his spot, and slot the ball past Eddies goalkeeper Matt VanOekel.
As always, congratulations to the Cosmos players honored by the league, and let's keep the unbeaten streak alive this weekend in Carolina.