Hurtado began his career in the youth ranks of Deportivo Cali. In 2004 he began his professional career with Unión Magdalena, and since went on to appear in 121 matches at the first and second division levels in Colombia. In 2005 Hurtado played for Monagas in the Primera División Venezolana. The following season he returned to Colombia, signing with Centauros. In 2007, Hurtado played for Expreso Rojo and Real Cartagena of the Colombian Categoría Primera B, while in 2008 he played for Deportivo Cali.
Hurtado made his MLS debut on March 19 where he started in Seattle’s first ever game, which Seattle won 3-0 defeating the New York Red Bulls. On February 16, 2010, Hurtado signed a permanent deal with Seattle Sounders FC. During his first year he was finalist for MLS defender of the year and was an MLS all star. He made a total of 108 league appearances for the club, scoring one goal, before leaving the club in the winter of 2014. During his time in Seattle, the club captured the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
In Colombia, Jhon coached teams u15 and under. He is very much looking forward to working with Surf U10 and U15 boys teams. Jhon will provide learning and success through his own youth and professional playing and coaching experiences. During the summer Jhon will be taking part in the USSF B license Course.
Hurtado is married to wife Daysury with whom he has two children: Paolo and Gian. During his free time he likes to spend time with his family and watch soccer.