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Liberty's Mendoza Selected in 2019 MLS SuperDraft

January 14, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty's Mendoza Selected in 2019 MLS SuperDraft

Former Liberty University men's soccer midfielder Kevin Mendoza was selected today in the fourth round of 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft by Los Angles FC.

Mendoza becomes 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. Midfielder Joshua Boateng was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2009 SuperDraft.

Former Flames Adrian Bumbut, Osei Telesford, Darryl Roberts and Hollis Donaldson were all chosen during the MLS Supplemental Draft.

A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Mendoza completed his four-year career among the Liberty program leaders in scoring. The midfielder finished eighth with 30 goals and points with 75.

This past fall, Mendoza capped his final year 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 senior 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.

Led by Bob Bradley, LAFC set an all-time MLS record in points (57) for an expansion team while finishing 2018 in third place in the Western Conference with a 16-9-9 record and qualifying for the Playoffs.