Kevin Mendoza with Liberty and practicing with Veracruz
Former Liberty University men's soccer midfielder Kevin Mendoza has signed to play for Veracruz of Liga MX first division in Mexico.
Mendoza becomes the first Liberty player to play for a first division team and the second to play in Mexico. Former Flames midfielder Joshua Boateng also played in Mexico with Leones Negos second division from 2010-12.
A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Mendoza appeared in Veracruz's 3-3 draw against Pachua in their season opener, this past weekend.
Mendoza became the second Liberty soccer player in program history to be chosen in the MLS SuperDraft and the sixth Flames soccer player drafted by a MLS team in mid-January. After departing LAFC Training Camp, Mendoza moved on to Veracruz.
Mendoza completed his four-year career among the Liberty program leaders in scoring. The midfielder finished eighth with 30 goals and eighth in points with 75.
Last year, Mendoza capped his senior season at Liberty by becoming the first Flame to be named to the Atlantic All-Region team since 2012. In addition, for the fourth straight year, the midfielder was voted to an all-conference team in 2018, as he was named to the ASUN All-Conference first team. It was the third consecutive season he earned first team honors. He earned first team All-Big South honors in both 2016 and 2017.
The midfielder led the ASUN Conference in points (29), points per game (2.07) and goals per game (0.86), while tying for the conference lead in goals (12) this past season. He also tied for third in the conference in assists (5).
In addition, Mendoza finished his year among the NCAA Division I leaders in several categories. He completed the year as the national leader in shot accuracy, putting 73 percent of his shot attempts on goal. He also ranked fifth in points per game, sixth in goals per game, 11th in total points and 12th in total goals.
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