Sebas Méndez Biography

Jhegson Sebastián “Sebas” Méndez Carabal was born in Ecuador on April 26, 1997, and is a professional footballer who now plays for the Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC as well as the Ecuador national team. He goes by the nickname “Sebas.”

Club career 

Independiente DV 

Méndez joined the Independiente del Valle academy in 2011. Soon after that, in 2014, he was promoted to the club’s B squad, and the following year, on March 7, 2015, he made his debut with the first team in a game against L.D.U. Loja in the Serie A Primera Etapa. The game was played in Loja, and it was the seventh round of the competition. After making two appearances off the bench for his former club, Méndez was loaned out to the Spanish team Cultural Leonesa on a temporary basis. Méndez made his first appearance for his new squad on November 29, 2015, serving as a substitution for another player. After finding his way back to the club, Méndez was forced to sit out of competition until game week 15 of the 2016 season. This was despite the fact that he had already returned. His subsequent match, which took place on May 13, 2016, was a defeat versus Fuerza Amarilla, and he entered the game as a replacement for the match. After that, he established himself as a regular member of the first team by playing the full ninety minutes in six of the final ten games of the Serie A Primera Etapa and making a further 12 appearances in the Segunda Etapa. After that, he played the full ninety minutes in six of the final ten games of the Serie A Primera Etapa. In addition to that, in six of the last ten games of the Serie A Primera Etapa, he played the full ninety minutes of each game.

Orlando City 

On the 28th of December 2018, Méndez signed a contract to play with Orlando City in Major League Soccer.  On March 2, 2019, he made his debut in the season opener against New York City FC, which was played at home. In July of 2019, Méndez was a member of the Orlando City squad that won the 2019 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge. Along with Nani and Chris Mueller, the Orlando City team defeated teams from the MLS All-Stars and Atlético Madrid to take home the victory and the $25,000 prize for charity.

On the 7th of November 2021, Méndez made his 65th appearance for the club and scored his first goal for them. The goal, which was scored with a fantastic knuckle ball from 20 yards out, was the first of an eventual victory away at CF Montréal, which they won 2-0. It was the last game of the regular season, and Orlando went into it knowing that a draw would ensure their spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2021.

Los Angeles FC 

Méndez was bought by Los Angeles FC in a trade that took place on July 19, 2022. The transaction involved the transfer of $300,000 in General Allocation Money. In the event that particular contract conditions are met, Orlando will be entitled to an additional $450,000 in GAM. In addition, Orlando will retain an undisclosed percentage of any future transfer fee.

International career 

Méndez was a member of the Ecuadorian team that competed in the 2017 South American Under-20 Championship and advanced all the way to the championship game.

In October of 2018, manager Hernán Daro Gómez gave Méndez his first call-up to the senior Ecuador national team. Gómez was the one who gave Méndez the invitation.

He made his debut on September 11, 2018, against Guatemala in a friendly match at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. He played for 73 minutes in the team’s 2–0 victory against Guatemala.

In May of 2019, he was given a spot on the team that would compete in the 2019 Copa América. This would be his first senior-level appearance in an international competition.

After sitting out the first game of the group, Méndez began against Chile and drew a foul from Chile’s goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, which allowed Ecuador to win a penalty kick that resulted in the team’s sole goal in a loss by a score of 2–1.

After that, he began the next game, which was a tie with Japan (1–1). After coming last in Group C with only one point, Ecuador was eliminated from competition.

Mendez was selected to be a part of the final roster for the 2021 Copa América in June of that year.

Personal life 

His uncle, Édison Méndez, is a former professional footballer and current player for Ecuador in international competition.