Jorge Rojas (Venezuelan footballer)
|Full name||Jorge Alberto Rojas Méndez|
|Date of birth||January 10, 1977|
|Place of birth||Mérida, Venezuela|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Playing position||Left Winger/Left Back|
|1994||Universidad de Los Andes|
|1996||Mineros de Guayana|
|1999||Universidad de Los Andes|
|2007||América de Cali||22||(4)|
|2008–2009||New York Red Bulls||32||(2)|
|2011–2013||Mineros de Guayana||85||(15)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2010|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 April 2009
After playing for several small clubs in Venezuela, Rojas began to establish himself as one of the nations top players while at Caracas FC. Following his successful first stint at Caracas, which included two league titles, he joined Ecuadorean power Emelec in 2003. That season, he was selected as the top foreign player in the league. Rojas than briefly returned to Caracas before joining Colombian club Atlético Nacional. While at Nacional Rojas helped the club to the 2005 Apertura Championship, and was considered one of the top players in the league.
Following his successful stint with Nacional, Rojas returned for his third stint with Caracas FC guiding the club to back to back league titles in 2006 and 2007. At the conclusion of the 2007 campaign he returned to Colombia to play for América de Cali,while at Cali he appeared in 22 matches, notching 4 goals (3 from the penalty spot). Following the Colombian league season, Rojas was sold to Unión Atlético Maracaibo. He scored his first goal with Maracaibo in a 1-2 defeat to his former club Caracas FC. While at Maracaibo, Rojas participated in a famous 1-1 draw against Boca Juniors in the 2008 Copa Libertadores. He also led Maracaibo to the final of the Copa de Venezuela where his club would lose the series to Aragua Fútbol Club on away goals.
Rojas signed with New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in July 2008. He had two assists in his first game for the club against the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 19, 2008. He appeared in 11 regular season matches for New York, registering 5 assists. Following the Major League Soccer season it appeared that Rojas would go loan to Mineros de Guayana during the MLS off-season, however the move never materialized. In his next season with New York Red Bulls he would score two goals. But this form he produced would only come once. At the end of the season he was cut loose and returned to Venezuela to play for Deportivo Táchira.
Rojas started his career with the Venezuela National Team at the age of 14, when he joined the U-15 squad, coached by Ratomir Djukovic and then by Augusto Viso. Rojas went on to play at the Bolivarian Games and then to the South American Games in Colombia in 1993. Rojas continue through all the Natl Youth Teams until he finally was called up to the Senior Team. Rojas has earned 90 caps for the Venezuela national team, making him the second most capped player in the history of Venezuelan international football as of April 2009.
He made his international debut on January 27, 1999 in a friendly against Denmark. The match ended 1-1 and was played at Estadio José Pachencho Romero in Maracaibo.
|1.||18 August 2004||Estadio de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain||Spain||1–1||3-2||Friendly|
|2.||3 February 2008||Monumental de Maturín, Maturín, Venezuela||Haiti||1–0||1-0||Friendly|
|3.||20 August 2008||José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||Syria||3–0||4-1||Friendly|
|Correct as of 7 October 2015|
- Universidad de Los Andes Fútbol Club
- Segunda División Venezolana (1) 1994/1995
- Caracas FC
2000/2001, 2002/2003, 2005/2006, 2006/2007
|Primera División Venezolana||106||23|
|Fútbol Profesional Colombiano||74||7|
|Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol||39||2|
|Copa de Venezuela||6||2|
|Major League Soccer||31||2|
|US Open Cup||1||2|