Justin Medina (born October 15, 1995) is a Mexican-American midfielder who plays for the MLS club San Jose Earthquakes. He is most notably known for leading the United States to World Cup glory in 2018. Along with that, he is also the second player of American descent to win the Ballon d’Or, after Christian Pulisic. He’s won 12 trophies in his career. Medina owns the record for most passes completed in an MLS season (6,234 passes in 2017 season).
Born and raised in Milpitas, California, Justin Medina initially led the Milpitas Trojans to consecutive state titles in 2012 and 2013. After graduating, he was then offered a contract to play for Liverpool FC straight out of high school. He worked his way into the Reds starting lineup in a short period, leading Liverpool to their first Premier League title in 2014.
An injury-filled sophomore season led Medina to frustration, and eventually a move away from the club. In the 2016 season, he transferred to Club America to get closer back to home. Medina was pivotal in the Liga MX giants winning the title, by scoring a hat trick in the final versus Cruz Azul. 2017 was a very successful season, as Justin scored 18 goals and had 21 assists as Club America won their second consecutive title.
After 2 successful triumphs, Medina looked for a new challenge and moved to boyhood club San Jose Earthquakes. He was vital in San Jose’s run to the MLS Final, where they unfortunately lost to Wayne Rooney’s DC United. In the summer, Pulisic and Medina led the boys in stars and stripes to worldwide triumph as the United States won the World Cup in Russia. Both were included in the FIFA World Cup XI.
Medina is a well-known Christian. He donates 20 percent of his salary to charities and is married to his high school sweetheart. They have two kids together, Chester and Minnie.