Juan Gonzalo Lorca
|Full name||Juan Gonzalo Lorca Donoso|
|Date of birth||15 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2006||→ Huachipato (loan)||35||(11)|
|2007–2008||→ Vitesse Arnhem (loan)||26||(2)|
|2009||→ O'Higgins (loan)||29||(10)|
|2011||→ O'Higgins (loan)||22||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2010.
Lorca began his career with Colo-Colo's youth squad when he turned twelve years old. He began as an attacking midfielder, but soon made the switch to forward. On July 7, 2004, Lorca made his professional debut against Universidad Católica in a Copa Sudamericana match, which ended in a 1–1 tie. However his first goal would not come until the following month against Cobreloa.
In 2006, Lorca was loaned to Chilean club Huachipato for both the apertura and clausura tournaments. He was capped 34 times and scored 11 times before returning to Colo-Colo for the 2007 Apertura tournament. After his return, he has only been a fringe player because the team already has prominent forwards. Lorca left Colo-Colo once again after the 2007 Apertura, this time to go to Europe to play for Dutch team Vitesse Arnhem, he then returned to Colo-Colo in mid-2008.
Lorca has represented the Chilean national team at the U-20, U-23, and senior levels. He took part in the 2005 South American Youth Championship, which qualified for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. However, he did not make the trip to Europe due to injury. In 2006 he started to appear in friendly games with the adult squad and went on to be included by Nelson Acosta in the squad for 2007 Copa América despite not being a regular in his team at the time, Colo-Colo. He then got call ups from Marcelo Bielsa during the 2010 World Cup qualifying stage but remained an unused substitute in official games. However, he did play all the games in the 2008 Toulon Tournament, where he scored one goal. His only adult National Team goal to date was scored against Jamaica in a 2007 friendly which Chile won 1–0.
Lorca does not like to be called Juan, and says his family and friends call him Gonzalo or Chalo. He is nephew of former Audax Italiano defender Benjamín Lorca.
|Apertura 2007||Colo-Colo||Primera Division Chile Champion|
- Juan Gonzalo Lorca at National-Football-Teams.com