July 11, 2017
Gordinho To Return To US Soccer With Samba FC San Antonio
July 11, 2017 - 9:45PM CST
San Antonio, Texas.
Samba FC San Antonio today announced the aquisition of USA/Mexican player Jonathan Gordinho Rexroat from the Mexican second division professional league in a move that would make him the first local player from San Antonio to sign with the club and with international league playing experience.
The 22 year old forward was confirmed as a Samba FC player yesterday by the clubs front office. The move comes after Gordinho requested his release from team Fresnillo Mineros because of the new rule put in place by the Mexican second division profesional league.
Gordinho was to play with Fresnillo Mineros for the 2017-18 season. However, a new rule by the league relegated the team to a B group because of the size of their stadium. The rule was put in place three weeks ago and requires for all second division teams to have a stadium that can hold a minimum of twenty thousand spectators. Unidad Deportiva Benito Juarez stadium where Fresnillo Mineros calls home only holds a maximum of five thousand seats.
The new rule also states that teams with stadiums under twenty thousand capacity will not be able to challenge and move up to the Ascenso division until they have met the seating guidelines. All teams in the B group can only roster players born 1995 and younger. Gordinho was born in 1994.
" I was very dissapointed when coach told us about the new league rule", said Gordinho. " I just could not believe it. The reality didnt hit me until I was on a plane headed back home to San Antonio".
The unexpected move to return to the US and with just three days into the 2017-18 Mexican preseason was dissapointing and another set back. Gordinho did not play the entire 2016-17 season due to a knee injury that sidelined him for eight months and now will miss half of the 2017-18 Mexican season because of the new league rule.
"Talk about luck. First my knee injury and now this league rule. I am not going to let it affect me though. I am going to use this to motivate me even more. I am now more determined to return to Mexico and play again".
A Lady Bird Johnson high school graduate (class 2013) and the first alumnus pro athlete in history to come out of the school. Jonathan Gordinho Rexroat made headlines in 2015 when he signed his first pro contract on December 20, 2015 to play for Club Calor in the Mexican second pro division. Prior to signing with Calor he spent 6 months training and playing in Europe.
"Training in Italy was awesome. Best training I ever experienced. It took my game to a higher level and it was the reason for me signing my first pro contract".
Gordinho understands the need to keep training and playing to continue to propel in his pro career, regardless of the negative setbacks and new challenges. The work ethic, determination, and adversity is always in him. Positive traits taught and molded into him by his father (now manager) during all of his sporting life since he began to walk and kick a ball.
"I need to continue training and playing. I always want to improve and reach higher levels in my game. Just because things didnt turn out for me once again. Doesnt mean I am going to sulk and feel depressed about it."
That positive attitude helped open up a new chapter for Gordinho. With a 2017-18 season contract in play (1 year) with Samba FC San Antonio. The 22 year old forward brings with him international league experience and surely will help strengthen the roster and their frontline.
"I am honored and proud to have signed with Samba FC San Antonio. Cant wait to play in my hometown and in front of the San Antonio fans. I am really looking forward to the start of the season and also help the club bring home the TPSL Cup".
Gordinho will report to Samba FC for preseason training once all paperwork is completed from both clubs and the league. We wish Gordinho and the team great success!
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