The SeaWolves Are Building A Squad
The Orlando SeaWolves bolstered their roster today First announcing the signing of former Orlando City midfielder Jonny Mendoza, pending league approval and then with the signing of midfielder Victor France, goalkeeper Rainer Hauss (pronounced HIGH-ner HOUSE), and defender Luiz Mota. The signing of the Brazilian trio brings the number of players under contract for the 2018/19 season to eight. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. France and Hauss played for SeaWolves General Manager Chris Kokalis last year with the Cedar Rapids Rampage.
Making his first foray indoors after a substantial outdoor career, Mendoza comes to the SeaWolves having only just turned 28 in January.
Mendoza was born in Colombia, but graduated from nearby Lyman High School and played for the Stetson Hatters.
He got his professional start with Orlando City U23 and moved up to the senior team before signing with the Rochester Rhinos where he won a USL championship in 2015. Jonny came home in 2016, playing a season for Orlando City B, before embarking on a stint with the Harrisburg City Islanders last year.
Kokalis acquired France in a midseason trade from the St. Louis Ambush. In 19 combined games he tallied 26 points on 17 goals and nine assists. At 25, France is regarded as one of the top young players in the MASL.
Hauss, 29, paid his dues, and his perseverance paid off last season when he took over the starting goalkeeper job for the Rampage last year. Hauss was named to the MASL’s All-Rookie Team after going 6-6 with a 5.71 GAA. He also represented Brazil in the World Minifootball Federation World Cup in Tunisia last October, and will join Brazil again when they head to the Pan American Cup next month in Guatemala.
Mota, 25, scored a career high 12 points for the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas last year in his first full MASL season. Prior to that, he saw action with St. Louis and the Syracuse Silver Knights.
“These three players are going to have a big impact on our season and I’m excited to introduce them to Central Florida,” said Kokalis.
Season tickets are on sale now for all 12 Orlando SeaWolves home games starting as low as $10 per game. Go to http://www.orlandoseawolves.com/tickets to reserve yours today.
About the Orlando SeaWolves
The SeaWolves are a professional arena soccer team, and a proud member of the Major Arena Soccer League. The team will kick off its inaugural season this December at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.
About the Major Arena Soccer League
The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The MASL features teams across North America, coast-to-coast, in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The MASL is currently incorporated as a 501(c)6 not for profit corporation formed to promote the business and sport of arena soccer.