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December 5, 2011
Crew selects Mendes in re-entry draft

Carlos Mendes is now a member of the Columbus Crew.
Carlos Mendes is now a member of the Columbus Crew.
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Veteran defender Carlos Mendes, the last playing link to the old MetroStars on the club, was selected by the Columbus Crew in the Major League Soccer re-entry draft on Monday.

Mendes had his option declined by the Red Bulls. Mendes earned a base salary of $98,175 in 2011 and a guaranteed salary of $101,300.

Because the Mineola, N.Y. native had his option declined, he joined the Crew’s roster under the terms of that option.

“Carlos is a proven player with a lot of game experience in our league,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. “He also brings leadership qualities and is highly regarded by his peers. We are very happy to be able to add him to our team.”

Mendes, who turns 31 on Dec. 25, was the last MetroStar on the Red Bulls roster, having joined the team in 2005 when Bob Bradley was coach. He also had the longest current tenure with the club, having played in the last seven seasons.

He ranks third on the club's game career list with 146 appearances and 128 starts.

Midfielder Dane Richards takes over as the longest-serving Red Bull, having been drafted by the club in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.

The New England Revolution selected Toronto FC former Red Bulls defender-midfielder Danleigh Borman and Chivas USA picked Real Salt Lake midfielder Arturo Alvarez.

Borman and Alvarez were out of contract, so MLS will extend a Bona Fide Offer to each to play for the selecting club.

Players that were out of contract may either accept or reject the bona fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS.

Players not selected on Monday are eligible for the Stage 2 Draft, which will take place on Monday, Dec. 12. The draft will take place via teleconference with all 19 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following the call.

Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Drafts are conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft, with the Montreal Impact selecting 19th.
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