Date of Birth: 5/2/96
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Previous Club/Team: Lansing Ignite FC (USL League One)
Weight: 173 lbs
Acquired: Signed (1/15/20)
Rafael Mentzingen signed with Memphis 901 FC on Jan. 1, 2020.
The Brazilian came to Memphis after he appeared in 21 games in 2019 for Lansing Ignite of USL League One. With Lansing, Mentzingen scored six goals in his 21 appearances. He spent 2018 in the National Independent Soccer Association with Detroit City. Mentzingen made his professional debut with Lansing United in the National Premier Soccer League. He scored nine goals in nine games in the NPSL as he was named Lansing United Player of the Year.
Collegiately, Mentzingen spent his freshman and sophomore seasons playing at Bryan College. Over 35 games at Bryan, he scored 22 goals. Mentzingen transferred to Valparaiso University for his final two years of eligibility. He tied for the team lead in goals with nine as a junior, which was then the seventh most in program history. That season, Mentzingen was named to the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team and 2017 First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference.