Dragons Sign Three with Ties to UNLV for 2016 PDL Season

Mendoza-Martinez, Partida, Somera Add Grit, Tenacity to Midfield

On Friday, the Burlingame Dragons Football Club were excited to receive the commitment of Jose Mendoza-Martinez, Kevin Partida and Irvin Somera for the upcoming 2016 Premier Development League season. The sturdy and aggressive trifecta of midfielders’ shores up a position, which up to this point, had minimal depth for the Dragons. Partida and Mendoza-Martinez were solid contributors to the Dragons success during their 2015 Southwest Division Championship campaign, while Somera will suit up for the Dragons for the first time this season.

Mendoza-Martinez played in eight games for the Dragons last season, registering one assist. Mendoza’s value comes from the stability and calm presence that he provides in the middle of the pitch. His organization of the midfield helped provide the defensive back four with the support they needed to stymie opposing offenses last season.

Mendoza-Martinez played his collegiate soccer at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he scored seven goals and notched three assists in his four seasons (2010-2013) in Sin City. He played in 70 games for the Rebels, starting in 65 of them. 

The San Francisco, CA native played his high school soccer at Mission High School and helped the Bears to the San Francisco City Championship in 2009. He was a two-time, first team all-city honoree and was named to the all-state team his senior year.

Partida played in nine games for the Dragons last season, notching one assist. Dragons fans may remember that it was Partida’s clever back heel pass that set up Fredy Razo for the eventual game winner in the first round home playoff win against the Ventura County Fusion. 

Partida’s hard-nose approach and his non-stop energy made him a critical component for the Dragons last season as he was used as both a starter and a key sub off of the bench as the season progressed. 

The 5’8” midfielder has played the last three seasons at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He started all 19 games for the Rebels this season, notching four goals and three assists while leading his team to a 12-6-1 record. 

Somera arrives in Burlingame fresh off a solid season for the Running Rebels. He appeared in all 19 games for UNLV, which included 17 starts. He registered two assists this season while bringing a hard-tackling presence and a clever skill set to the middle of the pitch. 

The 5’10” Somera has played in 60 games in his UNLV career in which he has scored four goals to go along with three assists. While not showing a huge profligacy of goals at UNLV, Somera does have a nose for the goal. He was a prolific scorer in the high school ranks as he tallied 32 goals over two seasons with Spanish Springs High School in Sparks, Nevada.