After all this time, he’s still the Juan. Chattanooga Football Club is proud to announce that Chattanooga FC midfielder Juan Hernandez Mendizabal has agreed to sign with the club for the 2019 season.

Juan “Juanito” Hernandez joined Chattanooga FC late in 2015 season and made an immediate impact as a midfielder during the 2015 playoffs. His play-making and passing ability helped lead Chattanooga FC that year to their fourth national final. In that championship match, which set the league attendance record of 18,227 fans, Juanito was a standout player, setting him up to earn the position of starting central midfielder for the club the following three years. Additionally, Juanito has won three NPSL Southeast Conference Championships (2015-16, 2018), two NPSL South Region Championships (2015-16), and a US Amateur National Championship (2015). He earned all NPSL honorable mention in 2016 and All Conference XI in 2018.

“Juanito embodies the hard work ethic, leadership, selflessness, and pure ability that we value at Chattanooga FC.” said Sheldon Grizzle, General Manager for Chattanooga FC. “We couldn’t be happier that Juan will be bossing the midfield for us in the historic 2019 season.”

The 28-year-old Hernandez hails from Madrid, Spain, but now calls Chattanooga his home. Juanito graduated from Bethel University in 2014, and coached soccer at the University of West Florida for three years alongside Chattanooga FC head coach Bill Elliott.