Stetson All-American signs with Orlando City's U23s


Jonathan Mendoza with Orlando City U23s coach Joe Avallone.

Orlando City Soccer Club announced the signing of Midfielder Jonathan Mendoza to the Under 23s squad, pending USSF approval. Mendoza was recently recognized as a Third Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at Stetson University.

“Johnny is a no-brainer,” Joe Avallone, head coach of the Orlando City U23s, said. “His work ethic is off the charts. He is very coachable and fits right into our system. We feel, without a doubt, he will be a pro.”

Mendoza led the A-Sun in scoring last season with a league-high 11 goals. He was awarded the A-Sun Player of the Year along with being named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team. Medzoza got the chance to play against the Orlando City Lions in a pre-season match last March, and remembers what it was like to face a pro team. “It was intense,” said Mendoza. “But at the same time it was a great experience.”

With the signing of Mendoza, the Orlando City U23s added talent in the midfield position. A consistent playmaker and staple in the midfield at Stetson, Mendoza will provide a spark for Orlando City in the midfield.

Avallone is excited to bring a veteran of his system to the U23s. Mendoza is entering his fifth season with the U23s, quickly becoming a leader on and off the pitch. “He really is the heart of this team,” Avallone said. “Johnny really has relentless energy and will no doubt be a great addition to the team.”