Alex Mendez @ FC Vizela

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  1. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Scored against Porto but his team lost.
     
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  2. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    I hope this was intended seriously.

    I’m on board. It’s a low-cost time to bring him in, and (if nothing else) he could give our GKs some useful practice against (wicked, whipped) left-footed shots, free-kicks and corners. We’re short on left-footers in general, and very short on ‘menacing’ left-footed attacking players.

    Mendez (presumably) won’t be heading to Qatar in November, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help us prepare.
     
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  3. Gacm32

    Gacm32 Member+

    Chelsea FC
    Switzerland
    Nov 28, 2010
    Geneva
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    I think he should be there over Roldan.
     
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  4. frankburgers

    frankburgers Member+

    May 31, 2016
    Roldan is better all around at soccer.
     
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  5. felloveranddidanadu

    Plymouth Argyle FC
    Dec 12, 2009
    Club:
    San Jose Frogs
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This and Haji have probably been the bright spots in a pretty dire YA season all around. Pleasantly surprised he's played so much -- hard a lot of rough spots to smooth out. Likely still does but it shows the non-linear progression of player development.
     
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  6. twoolley

    twoolley Member+

    Jan 3, 2008
    Have those commenting in here watched his full games? I haven’t so trying to get a sense of how much of the call up requests are from full game viewership and impact?

    for example if I said anything it’d solely be based on some highlights which makes my commentary close to irrelevant.
     
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  7. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    SV Werder Bremen
    His cannon of a left foot was always his greatest quality and wasn’t ever in doubt.

    It was the other aspects of his game which made his professional prospects questionable. I’m much more interested to see/hear reports on those areas.
     
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  8. Pl@ymaker

    Pl@ymaker Member+

    Feb 8, 2010
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I watched 4-5 games. He played as a RM and a CM. I'd call him up, to see how he does but he'd probably just be taking Busio's spot.
     
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  9. twoolley

    twoolley Member+

    Jan 3, 2008


    Feel sort of meh after watching this though I realize it’s Porto and that is maybe an unfair feeling.

    outside of goal I see someone not ready for speed of play but that’s the part that may be unfair. And still seems potential defensive liability.
     
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  10. Pl@ymaker

    Pl@ymaker Member+

    Feb 8, 2010
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is his play, from a few months ago.

    If I was the USMNT coach, I'd call him up, as well as a couple of other midfielders.
     
  11. Ray Shoesmith

    Ray Shoesmith Member+

    Valencia
    United States
    Nov 14, 2021
    Thing is yo can only call so many new guys up this close to the cup.

    We have quite a few second level guys doing OK right now.

    Beautiful goal, but bshredder, who I trust, is clear about what Alex still needs to work on. I know this clip will get the usual predictable posters up in arms screaming about how stupid GB is, but has there really been enough there?
    Is having a real good left foot but being weak on D and slow enough?
    If there is space to call him go nuts, but I’ll nee to see/read a lot more in the Portuguese press.
     
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  12. Pl@ymaker

    Pl@ymaker Member+

    Feb 8, 2010
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We need another backup CM. Mendez has been playing at a higher level, than most of the fringe players, he's competing with. I think we should give him and a couple of others, a callup.
     
  13. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know.. 1 goal and 0 assists for a bottom quarter team doesn't stand out all that much - great goal nonetheless.

    If he gets called up, cool. If he doesn't, he wasn't robbed.

    Personally, I'd rather call up Holmes or Pomykal over Mendez.
     
  14. Pl@ymaker

    Pl@ymaker Member+

    Feb 8, 2010
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Players on bottom of the table teams, generally don't score or assist much.

    Also, Pomykal doesn't deserve a callup.
     
  15. Thundering165

    Thundering165 Member+

    North Carolina FC
    United States
    May 1, 2017
    Raleigh
    Pomykal doesn’t, but a guy like Parks absolutely does. Mendez still has so many clear growth areas where he can be a genuine liability. He’s in the same realm as Cappis to me where they really need to establish themselves as regular starters and important players before they can be considered NT material again
     
  16. NietzscheIsDead

    NietzscheIsDead Member+

    NO WAR
    United States
    May 31, 2019
    NO WAR
    He is improving. I hope he starts letting that left foot rip.

    His team needs to recognize his cultured left foot. There is always an element of surprise with the left foot, even just a microsecond. Players subconsciously expect for everything to flow to the right foot. Even while consciously paying attention of the left foot, there is still just enough unfamiliarity to pull off some of the unexpected more than a right-footed player would.

    When the ball rotates to him in transition, the wings need to be getting vertical and looking to get in behind. He can hit great balls.
     
  17. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  18. LouisZ

    LouisZ Member+

    Oct 14, 2010
    Southern California-USA
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Alex was always considered a one-trick pony with his outside shot. If the play gets fast, he falls behind the play. I haven't watched him this season, so I'm not sure how much he has improved, if any.
     
  19. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Started & went 90' in 4-1 loss:



    The club got a red card in the 3rd minute and made 3 changes in the 1st half for some reason.
     
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  20. Thundering165

    Thundering165 Member+

    North Carolina FC
    United States
    May 1, 2017
    Raleigh
    Meaningless match for Vizela, plus an early red card, while their opponent desperately needed a win.

    Not a recipe for either a fun or informative game. Moreirense managed to move out of guaranteed relegation with the win.
     
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