HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Seattle on Jan. 15, 2014
Appeared in 37 or 49 matches in all competitions in 2012.
Finalist for 2009 MLS Defensive Player of the Year and selected to MLS All-Star Game
Coach Sigi Schmid: “Jhon, one-on-one, is one of the best markers in the league.”
Union Magdalena (Colombia, 2004), Monagas de Maturin (Colombia, 2005), Centauros Villavicencio (Colombia, 2006), Expreso Rojo (Colombia, 2006), Real Cartagena (Colombia, 2007), Deportivo Cali (Colombia, 2008-09)
2012: Made 22 MLS appearances and 20 starts. Major contributor to defense that allowed just 0.97 goals per game (second in MLS). Recorded the game-winning assist in a 2-1 win at CHI (4/28). Appeared in 37 of 49 matches across all competitions.
2011: Started all 23 games in which he appeared in and went full 90 minutes in all but one. Recorded only point of season by assisting on goal vs. TOR (4/30). Ejected twice this season, once for receiving two yellow cards at TOR (6/18) and once for being issued a red card ejection vs. RSL (9/10). Made 30 appearances across all competitions, starting all of them.
2010: Placed on the club's Disabled List (5/24) after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in stoppage time vs. San Jose (5/22). Started and played 90 minutes in all 9 appearances. 2009: Finalist for MLS Defender of the Year and chosen to MLS All-Stars. Started and played the 90 minutes in 28 of 29 appearances, including both playoff legs vs. HOU (10/29, 11/8), with one goal and one assist. Celebrated 25th birthday with first career MLS goal in 1-1 draw at DAL (5/16). Had game-winning assist in 2-1 win vs. HOU (7/11). Missed game at NY (6/20) for the birth of his first child. Started all four appearances in U.S. Open Cup play. Suspended for Cup Final after receiving two yellow cards in semifinal 2-1 win vs. HOU (7/21). Played final 26 minutes of MLS All-Stars tiebreaker loss to Everton.
Other Professional Experience:
Has appeared in 121 matches at the first and second division levels in Colombia. Had a trial at AC Milan and appeared in friendly with German club Hannover before signing with Seattle.
Married to wife Daysury and has one child, Paolo. Was a teammate of Fredy Montero at Deportivo Cali in 2008. Received U.S. Green Card in December 2010.