Chivas USA re-signed midfielder Francisco ‘Panchito’ Mendoza, the Mexican player with the most all-time Major League Soccer appearances, on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara prior to the 2011 season after two years playing in Mexico. A Chivas USA Original, Mendoza played in MLS on loan from Guadalajara for four seasons (2005-2009), during which he registered 5 goals and 16 assists in 111 regular-season games, the most appearances ever for a Mexican-born player in Major League Soccer history.
Mendoza returned to Chivas de Guadalajara for the 2009 Clausura season in the Mexican First Division, where he made three appearances for the team (five in all competitions), as well as eight more matches for Guadalajara’s reserve side, Tapatío. The midfielder spent the 2009 Apertura with Jaguares of Chiapas, making one First Division appearance, before joining Club Tijuana of the Liga de Ascenso (second tier) for the 2010 Clausura, where he played in six matches and scored one goal. Most recently, Mendoza helped Indios de Ciudad Juarez in the 2010 Apertura, making 18 appearances (all starts), scoring three goals.
Nombre/Name: Juan Francisco Mendoza Martínez
Nacido el/Born: 1985-04-29, El Salto, Jalisco, México
Residencia/Hometown: El Salto, Jalisco, México
Peso/Weight: 60 kg /145 lbs
Estatura/Height: 1.68 m / 5'6"
Último Equipo/Last Team: Indios de Ciudad Juarez (México)
Adquisición/Acquired: Contratado por Chivas USA como Jugador Internacional Juvenil, 17 febrero 2005 / Signed by Chivas USA as a Youth International, February 17, 2005