Jonathan Mendoza

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Jonathan Mendoza
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Mendoza Valezuela
Date of birth (1990-01-26) January 26, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Colombia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rochester Rhinos
Number 23
Youth career
2009–2012 Stetson Hatters
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Orlando City U-23 70 (13)
2013 Orlando City 9 (0)
2014– Rochester Rhinos 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 28, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jonathan "Johnny" Mendoza Valezuela (born January 26, 1990) is a Colombian-American soccer player who currently plays for Rochester Rhinos in USL Pro.


College and amateur[edit]

Mendoza was born in Colombia, but moved to Altamonte Springs, graduating from Lyman High School in 2009. During his senior year in high school, he was second-team All-American, and first-team All-Central Florida, according to ESPN RISE.[1]

He accepted a scholarship offer from Stetson in DeLand, Florida, where he started most of his career. He totaled 18 goals and 22 assists in 68 matches (57 starts). He was the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year in men's soccer after scoring 11 goals that season.[1][2]

In addition to Stetson, he played with Orlando City U-23 (and Central Florida Kraze before that) in the USL Premier Development League. He led the U-23 Lions to the Southeast Division and Southern Conference titles in 2012.


Mendoza made himself available for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft,[3] but went undrafted. He was signed to Orlando City Soccer Club on March 1, 2013.[4]

After the 2013 season, he was released by Orlando City and signed with the Rochester Rhinos, thereby staying in the USL Pro.[5]