Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Hurtado and the second or maternal family name is Valencia.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
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Personal information
Full name Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Valencia
Date of birth (1984-05-16) May 16, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Palmira, Colombia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 34
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Unión Magdalena 8 (0)
2005 Monagas
2006–2007 Centauros 12 (0)
2006 Expreso Rojo (loan) 17 (1)
2007 Real Cartagena (loan) 28 (0)
2008–2009 Deportivo Cali 23 (0)
2009 Expreso Rojo (loan) 1 (1)
2009 Seattle Sounders FC (loan) 27 (1)
2010–2013 Seattle Sounders FC 81 (0)
2014– Chicago Fire 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 27, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Valencia (born May 16, 1984) is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

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.[1]

“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.”[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

On January 15th, 2014 Jhon was traded from the Seattle Sounders to the Chicago Fire along with Patrick Ianni and the 13th overall pick in the MLS Superdraft. In return, the Sounders acquired Jalil Anibaba and the 8th overall pick in the MLS Superdraft from Chicago.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5][6]

Honours[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

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