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by: David S. Williams
Mendoza Plays With Orlando City vs. A.S. Roma
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  01/03/2013
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Stetson's Jonathan Mendoza recently played with Orlando City of the USL Pro League in a friendly against A.S. Roma, a professional club out of Italy, and a three-time Serie A champion.

Orlando City fell to Roma by a score of 5-0 in front of a sellout crowd of over 700 in Winter Park as the squad began its 2013 preseason, but Mendoza gained valuable experience as he continues to prepare for a professional soccer career.

Mendoza subbed in for Jamie Watson in the 57th minute of the contest, playing the final 33 for Orlando City.  "We were impressed with Jonny's performance against A.S. Roma," Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said. "We know what he's capable of as he's been a part of the U23 system for a few years and we wish him the best of luck in the draft."

The draft in which Coach Heath alluded to is, of course, the Major League Soccer SuperDraft scheduled for Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.  Mendoza will take part in the MLS Player Combine Jan. 11-15 in Ft. Lauderdale prior to the Draft.

Watch highlights from the game below (Mendoza wearing #18).

Stetson Men's Soccer