|Date of birth||December 25, 1980|
|Place of birth||Mineola, New York, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Current club||New York Cosmos|
|1993–1998||Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club|
|1998–2001||Old Dominion Monarchs|
|2002||Long Island Rough Riders||10||(0)|
|2005–2011||New York Red Bulls||146||(0)|
|2013–||New York Cosmos||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 3, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mendes grew up in Mineola, New York, and started his career with the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL Pro Soccer League. While playing for them, he became a defender. After playing for the Rough Riders in 2002 and winning the PDL title while scoring the equalizer in the Championship game against the Wilmington Hammerheads in N.C., Mendes moved up a division to play for Rochester Rhinos, where he became a consistent starter for the next two seasons.
Mendes signed with the MetroStars before the start of the 2005 season, and surprised by becoming a starter in central defense, filling the position formerly held by Eddie Pope. During the 2006 MLS campaign Mendes started every game on the season but one, which was due to caution point accumulation. For his efforts, he was voted team Defender of the Year by members of the soccer media.
Mendes continued his solid play anchoring the clubs backline during the early part of the 2007 season with New York Red Bulls. However he fell out of favor with coach Bruce Arena and was in and out of the lineup during the latter part of the season. He concluded the campaign appearing in 23 matches (19 starts), his lowest totals since joining the club. For the 2008 season Mendes was converted into a defensive midfielder and appeared in 17 regular season matches. He returned to central defense in the MLS Playoffs starting in the clubs 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, helping the club reach its first ever MLS Cup Final. 2009 was an injury plagued season for Mendes as he was limited to 12 league appearances. Mendes began the 2010 season recuperating from his injury problems, once fully fit he replaced Mike Petke as Hans Backe's first choice center back pairing with first year player Tim Ream. On October 21, 2010 Mendes helped Red Bulls record its 13th clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 victory over New England Revolution which clinched the regular season Eastern Conference title.
On March 26, 2011, Mendes became the sixth New York player to hit 10,000 MLS minutes played for the club. By season's end he had moved into second place on the all-time franchise list in games played, games started, and minutes played.
On November 30, 2011, the Red Bulls declined the 2012 option on Mendes's contract, making him eligible for the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. On December 5, 2011 Mendes was selected by Columbus Crew in stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft. The Crew immediately picked up his option.
On December 11, 2012, Mendes signed on to play for New York Cosmos in the team's inaugural year in the NASL. In his first year with the team he was named team captain, and also helped the club to wins in the NASL Fall Championship and the Soccer Bowl.
- As of 3 March 2013.
|Long Island Rough Riders||2002||USL-2||10||0||-||-||-||-||—||-||-|
|New York MetroStars||2005||MLS||24||0||1||0||2||0||—||27||0|
|New York Red Bulls||2006||31||0||2||0||2||0||—||35||0|
|New York Cosmos||2013||NASL||13||0||0||0||1||0||—||14||0|
- Long Island Rough Riders
- New York Red Bulls
- MLS Western Conference Play-offs (1): 2008
- MLS Cup Runner-Up (1): 2008
- MLS Eastern Conference Regular Season (1): 2010
- Emirates Cup (1): 2011
- New York Cosmos
- the team was known as MetroStars prior to 2006
- Lohr, Luke (10 November 2013). "New York Cosmos claim 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl behind goal from Marcos Senna". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
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