Las Vegas Legends FC Announces New Women’s Team Coaching Staff and Tryout Dates
LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Legends FC has named Rogério Mendes the women’s head coach. The soccer club announced Sunday at the men’s NPSL Season Opener where the Legends men stunned the league with an 8-0 win against Temecula FC. The club is among the latest to join the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) as a 2020 expansion team.
“From former youth World Cup and WPSL players, the wealth of experience being showcased on the Legends women’s coaching staff is exceptional,” stated Mendes. “Las Vegas has gained traction as a major sports city,” he added. “We’re offering opportunities for local female players to compete at a national level with the resources they need to win national titles.”
(Top row L to R: Romilio 'Romi' Gomez, Pedram Mahinpey, Rogerio Mendes, Nelson Medina. Bottom row L to R: Keren Sharabi, Mckenzie Karas)
Head Coach Rogerio Mendes
Mendes, a coach of over 21 years, possesses the National A License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He has managed women’s teams in the USL W-League, the U17 Olympic Development Program (ODP) and won a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship in San Diego. He will be assisted by Nelson Medina, Pedram Mahinpey, Keren Sharabi, Mckenzie Karas, Romilio ‘Romi’ Gomez and Mike Madrid.
Assistant Coach Nelson Medina
Medina, who holds a USSF National A License, is a former U.S. youth national team player and won 14 state cup championships with women’s teams. Mahinpey has five state cup championships with women’s teams and possesses the USSF National B License along with Sharabi.
Karas, a former player at the University of Washington, will serve as the team’s performance coach. Both Karas and Sharabi have played in the WPSL. Gomez, the former goalkeeper coach of the Las Vegas Lights FC, will fulfill this same role with the Legends women. Madrid is the current coach of the defending 2003 girls national champions and will spearhead the player development pathway.
Tryouts will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 as well as Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at the Las Vegas Sports Park at 1400 N Rampart Blvd. Pre-registration may be completed at LasVegasLegends.com.
Experienced players must be 16 years of age or older to try out. Those interested who cannot attend the aforementioned dates should email coach Rogério Mendes at RMendes@LasVegasLegends.com
The season’s schedule is set to be announced in upcoming weeks with games beginning in late May. The WPSL National Championship game will be held in Okla. on Sunday, July 19.
More information about Las Vegas Legends FC can be found at www.LasVegasLegends.com and on social media on Instagram and Facebook @
About Las Vegas Legends FC
Founded in 2012, Las Vegas Legends FC began as an indoor soccer club and participated in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL.) In 2020, Las Vegas Legends transitioned to an outdoor men’s team, joining the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) as an expansion team. Las Vegas Legends FC offers a family-friendly entertainment experience and seeks to expand the sport’s popularity among fans of all ages. Legends FC provides players based in the Las Vegas Valley with an opportunity to play at the adult level and compete nationally. Season tickets or individual game tickets are available for adults and children and may be purchased by calling 702.233.3600 or visiting LasVegasLegends.com.
About Women’s Premier Soccer League
Entering its 23rd season, the WPSL is the world’s largest women’s soccer league with more than 130 teams from coast to coast in the United States and two in Canada. Team rosters consist of highly skilled players from collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student backgrounds. The WPSL is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), which is an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body of soccer in the United States. Many of the top players from the U.S. National Team have played in the WPSL, including Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain. WPSL rosters feature players from colleges and universities, former collegiate players and top prep players from respective regions.
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Assistant Coach Keran SharabiPerformance Coach McKenzie KarasGoal Keeper Coach Romilio 'Romi' GomezAssistant Coach Pedram Mahinpey