Alex Mendez @ FC Vizela

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  1. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  2. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    Mendez started and went the full distance today, Vizela 1-0 Arouca in the Portugal Cup (Round 5).
     
  3. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    against fellow yank benji michel, no less
     
  4. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What was most interesting to me is that he wore the captain's armband, despite rarely playing for Vizela in league play anymore.

     
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  5. Casper

    Casper Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    New York
    Mendez gets in the game against league leaders Sporting in the 70th minute. However, they're trailing 4-2. Guess he missed the memo that they're supposed to get a result here so Gio and Benfica can win the title.
     
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  6. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  7. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Vizela is deep in last place. Mendez has only 350 minutes all season and he's making about $65,000 a year.

    He's still only 23 years old, but he needs to make some big changes in 2024.

    I know today's game is just a cup matchup, but I am talking big picture. His situation is just really bad.
     
  8. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    I know very well what you're talking about. You're talking about a player you can't get your fingers on, and it's galling you. That's what you're talking about, I know. Well...I've said too much. I -- You're...the journalist here. You do what you want with this thread. There's just one thing more, though. This forum needs this measly Portuguese league if only to have some place where players can come without crawling to MLS. Come on, Uncle Billy!
     
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  9. uniteo

    uniteo Member+

    Sep 2, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    careful, before someone runs you out of Shredderville
     
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  10. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    SV Werder Bremen
    Having a great left foot isn't enough these days unfortunately. His physical limitations were apparent even at the U-20 level. If you're not physically dominant at the U-20 level, or at least average, you're very unlikely to make it at the full mens level. Game is at a point where every player 1-11 needs to be a very, very good athlete.
     
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  11. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
    Who said anything about MLS? More like USL.
     
  12. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    It’s a wonderful league.
     
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  13. Thundering165

    Thundering165 Member+

    North Carolina FC
    United States
    May 1, 2017
    Raleigh
    He’s probably a better athlete than Jack McGlynn, who will have a much better career.

    Mendez problem was not just the athleticism. It was the inability to rapidly process the game and make impactful plays during run of play. Yes he has a dream left foot and can do great set pieces but when pressured in the final third he cannot consistently make positive plays.
     
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  14. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why Vizela is getting relegated

     
  15. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm coming into this late but are you saying he's better off having never played in MLS than barely hanging on at a bad Portugal team in last place after moving around all over Europe while making only 6k? Had he played some for MLS maybe he never advanced further than he has but he'd be getting paid a lot more if he was playing. I don't think his agent did him any favors as his first team in Europe was paying him a pittance. Could be the ideal would have been a much better first team there setting him up for success.
     
  16. Thundering165

    Thundering165 Member+

    North Carolina FC
    United States
    May 1, 2017
    Raleigh
    Honestly he’d be better off getting 80 touches per game for the Tampa Bay Rowdies than whatever is happening in Portugal
     

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