Fred Pereira

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Fred Pereira
Personal information
Full name Fred Pereira
Date of birth (1954-02-17) February 17, 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth Valdanta, Portugal
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1973–1976 Brown University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 9 (3)
1977 Connecticut Bicentennials 13 (3)
1978 Colorado Caribous 12 (2)
1979 Atlanta Chiefs 8 (2)
1979–1980 Atlanta Chiefs (indoor) 12 (12)
1980–1981 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 11 (1)
1981 Phoenix Inferno (indoor) 9 (1)
1982– Gremio Lusitano
National team
1977 United States 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fred “Fredy” Pereira is a former Portuguese-American soccer forward who spent three seasons in the North American Soccer League and earned six caps with the U.S. national team in 1977.

High school and college[edit]

Born in Valdanta, Portugal, Pereira moved with his family to the United States when he was twelve. He attended Ludlow High School in Ludlow, Massachusetts and completed a post-graduate year at Suffield Academy, Suffield, Connecticut. In 2007 Ludlow High School inducted Pereira into its Athletic Hall of Fame.[1] At Suffield, along with Gambian team mate Daniel Njie, Pereira led the team to the New England Prep Championship. After high school, he attended Brown University where he played as a forward on the men’s soccer team from 1973 to 1976. In 1974, Pereira set a Brown record with twenty-four goals and seven assists as Brown won the Ivy League title. The next season, Brown went to the NCAA Final Four where it fell to the University of San Francisco. In 1974 and 1976, Pereira was named a first team All American.

National team[edit]

His scoring exploits with Brown led to his selection for several U.S. national and Olympic team games in 1977.[2] On September 15, 1977, Pereira earned his first caps when he came on for Steve Ralbovsky in a 2-1 win over El Salvador. He continued to play somewhat regularly, usually as a substitute, for the next two months. On October 10, 1977, he scored his only goal with the national team, the gamewinner in a 1-0 victory over China. His last cap came six days later when he came on for Ralbovsky in a 2-1 victory over China.[3]

Professional[edit]

In 1977, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League (NASL) selected Pereira in the first round (second overall) of the NASL College Draft. While he began the season with the Strikers, scoring three goals in nine games, the team traded him mid-season to the Connecticut Bicentennials. At the end of the 1977 season, the Bicentennials moved to Oakland, California, but Pereira moved to the Colorado Caribous. At the end of the 1978 season, the Caribous also moved, but this time Pereira went with his team, spending the 1979 season with his team, now known as the Atlanta Chiefs. After the 1979–80 NASL indoor season he left the league. In 1980, he signed with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The Blast traded him to the Phoenix Inferno during the season. Suffering from a sting of injuries, Pereira retired at the end of the season and moved his family back to Ludlow where he continued to play amateur soccer with Gremio Lusitano.[4]

Pereira now serves as an NCAA college soccer referee.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ludlow High School
  2. ^ Soccer Hall of Fame player registry
  3. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1970-1979 Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ INSIDE SPORTS - GETTING HIS KICKS - Pereira has done it all in soccer Sunday Republican (Springfield, MA) - Sunday, July 31, 1994
  5. ^ UConn Huskies

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