Hometown: Almeida, Portugal
College: UT Brownsville
Last Club: Portugal U19 National Team
Monica Mendes is a world-class defender who also plays for the Portuguese U19 National Team. She scored the game-winning goal against Belgium to advance to the group stage of the European Championship last summer.
She plays in college for the University of Texas at Brownsville where she helped the Scorpions to a 17-3-1 record as a freshman in 2011 and was named the Red River Athletic Conference Defender of the Year. As a sophomore in 2012, Mendes had eight assists and two goals from the back line. Before competing for Portugal in the Women’s World Cup last summer, Mendes was a key member for the D.C. United Women Reserves.