UC Santa Barbara
2014 Big West Freshman of the Year
2014 All-Big West Honorable Mention
2014: As a true freshman, was a fixture in the "No. 10" role for UCSB, appearing in all 20 of the team's games with 13 starts ... Was named the Big West Freshman of the Year after the season ... For the year, recorded four goals and three assists for 11 points ... Tied for second on the team in goals and tied for third in points ... Recorded five points (two goals, assist) against Sacramento State on Oct. 22, the most points scored by any Big West player in a single game this season ... Also notched goals against Colgate on Sept. 12 and UC Irvine on Nov. 12 in the Big West Tournament Semifinals ... Third consecutive Gaucho and fifth in six years to take home conference Freshman of the Year honors ... Was second on the team and ninth in the conference with 44 shots ... At the end of the regular season, was third in the Big West with three assists in conference play ... Had four or more shots on five occasions.
Bucking a recent trend, Mendez played for his school team as well as starring for the LA Galaxy Academy ... Won a USSDA National Championship in 2010-11 playing with the Galaxy U-16 squad ... Four-time Western Conference Champion (three times with the Galaxy and once with Chivas USA) ... Won the 2009-10 Dallas Cup Championship with Los Angeles Football Club ... Played on Cal South ODP team ... Was a member of the US U-14 National Team pool ... Won a CIF Championship and went to back-to-back semifinals with Cathedral HS ... Was the 2014 Division IV Player of the Year ... Won a league championship in all four years with the Phantoms ... Named Del Rey League MVP twice ... Was a three-time All-League and All-CIF First Team selection ... Named Rookie of the Year as a freshman ... Was named Team MVP three times ... Scored five goals in five playoff games, including a hat trick in the semifinals, as a senior.
Axel Mendez was born on Jul. 9, 1996 in Guadalajara, Mexico ... Parents are Victor and Araceli Mendez ... Aspires to play soccer profesionally ... When not playing soccer, he is hanging out with friends and having a good time ... Before a game, he listens to loud music to get pumped up ... Can best be described as unique, unpredictable, funny, and energetic ... Most memorable sporting moment is winning a U-16 national championship as a 14-year old ... Would love to play with James Rodriguez and Marco Reus ... Favorite team is Borussia Dortmund ... Favorite player is Marco Reus ... Favorite film is The Warriors ... Lists Breaking Bad as his favorite TV show.