LAFC used its final two picks — the 64th and 73rd overall — in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft to add two promising college midfielders to help the club take on its second season in the league.
First came midfielder Javi Pérez, a 22-year-old who just wrapped up his second season at the University of Pittsburgh. With the Panthers, Pérez started in all 35 of his matches in blue and gold and earned the captain’s armband for both seasons. He finished the season second in all offensive rankings on the squad with 11 points, four goals and three assists in his senior year.
A native of Spain, Pérez played for 15 years with the youth development side of Valencia CF, a club in the Spanish La Liga. Pérez was the club’s captain for 12 years, until he transferred to the United States for his final two years of college ball.
Coming to Los Angeles.
— LAFC (@LAFC) January 14, 2019
With the 73rd pick of the SuperDraft, LAFC added 25-year-old Kevin Mendoza, who spent the last four years playing at Liberty University. Mendoza also wore the captain’s armband for his final two years of college, earning First Team all-conference distinctions as a sophomore, junior and senior. He scored 32 goals and tallied 15 assists for the Flames over his four-year career as a starter.
Mendoza is a native of Mexico City, where he attended Colegio de Bachilleres and played for the U-17 and U-20 teams for Cruz Azul, a team in the Liga MX.