Pereira Inks MLS Deal with Seattle Sounders
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March 7, 2014

Wolverines in Professional Soccer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer has announced the signing of former University of Michigan men's soccer standout Fabio Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent School), pending the receipt of his P-I Visa. Per MLS Rules, terms were not disclosed.

He was originally selected by Sounders FC with the 77th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. He finished second on the team with two goals in the 2014 preseason, starting two of four appearances. Pereira completed his collegiate career ranked second in Michigan history with 22 assists, and he started 66 of his 79 appearances.

"Fabio is a young player who is skillful and has a nose for goal coming out of the midfield," said Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "He has good vision and desire. We are excited to add Fabio to our mix."

Pereira ended his Michigan career this past fall as the all-time U-M career leader in shots with 194 and was No. 2 in assists with 22, No. 8 in total points (48) and No. 9 in goals (13). He also made five penalty kicks in his career, which ranks him No. 2 in the program records. He was a 2013 Big Ten Watch List member and the No. 10 player in the NCAA according to TopDrawerSoccer.com at the beginning of the season. In 2011, he was named the team's offense MVP and earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2010.

Pereira joins former Wolverines Justin Meram (Columbus Crew), Soony Saad (Sporting KC) in the MLS ranks, both of whom joined the league in 2011. 

Since head coach Chaka Daley's arrivial in Ann Arbor prior to the 2012 season, U-M has sent three players on to the professional ranks in Luke Coulson (Cardiff City, English Premier League), as well as Kofi Opare (LA Galaxy) and Pereira.

Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423


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