Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
|Full name||Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Valencia|
|Date of birth||May 16, 1984|
|Place of birth||Palmira, Colombia|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||Chicago Fire|
|2006||→ Expreso Rojo (loan)||17||(1)|
|2007||→ Real Cartagena (loan)||28||(0)|
|2009||→ Expreso Rojo (loan)||1||(1)|
|2009||→ Seattle Sounders FC (loan)||27||(1)|
|2010–2013||Seattle Sounders FC||81||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 15, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Hurtado began his professional career in 2004 with Unión Magdalena, and has since gone on to appear in 121 matches at the first and second division levels in Colombia. In 2007, Hurtado played for Real Cartagena of the Colombian Categoría Primera B, while in 2008 he played for Deportivo Cali, and was a teammate of Fredy Montero.
“Jhon has good speed, he’s a good man-to-man marker, a good tackler and uses his speed to close people down,” said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. “We had a chance to see him play 2-3 times, plus some video. We’re excited to have him join our team.”
Known for his incredible pace, Hurtado had a trial at Italian giants Milan, and played a friendly against German side Hannover, prior to signing with Major League Soccer expansion side Seattle Sounders FC on loan from Cali. Hurtado made his MLS debut on March 19 where he started in Seattle's first ever game, which Seattle won 3-0 defeating the New York Red Bulls. On February 16, 2010, Hurtado signed a permanent deal with Seattle Sounders FC.
On December 7, 2010, Hurtado received his green card. As a resident of the United States, he will no longer occupy International Player slots on the club’s roster. Teammates Blaise Nkufo and Steve Zakuani also received green cards that day.
Hurtado is married to wife Daysury with whom he has one child named Paolo, born on June 19, 2009. Following the birth of Paolo, Hurtado missed the Seattle Sounders versus the New York Red Bulls game. Hurtado and his wife watched the match as Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso celebrated Paolo's birth via t-shirt messages. Montero and Hurtado are good friends who first met while playing for Deportivo Cali. They often carpool to work.
Seattle Sounders FC
- "Hurtado Valencia John Kennedy". golgolgol.net. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- Sounders FC Completes Hurtado Transfer
- Hurtado, Nkufo and Zakuani receive Green Cards
- "Sounders FC players Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado bond". The Seattle Times. July 29, 2009.