Graciano Brito

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Graciano Brito
Personal information
Full name Graciano Brito
Date of birth (1985-06-02) June 2, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth São Nicolau, Cape Verde
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Connecticut FC Azul
Number 26
Youth career
2005–2008 Quinnipiac Bobcats
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Operário dos Açores
2011 F.C. New York 12 (4)
2012 Rochester Rhinos 13 (2)
2013– Connecticut FC Azul 3 (2)
Teams managed
2009 Quinnipiac Bobcats (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 30, 2013.

Graciano Brito (born June 2, 1985 in São Nicolau) is a Cape Verdean footballer currently playing for Connecticut FC Azul in the USL Premier Development League.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Brito came from his native Cape Verde to the United States in 2004,[1] settling with relatives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and played college soccer at Quinnipiac University. As a junior in 2007 he was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-America Second Team, was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" section, was selected to the NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Region First Team, and was named Northeast Conference Player of the Year, the first Quinnipiac men's soccer player to earn the award since 2001. As a senior in 2008 he was named the NEC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, was Quinnipiac’s Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, and was named to the All-NEC First Team, was an NCSAA/adidas All-American for the third consecutive year, and was a College Soccer News All-American. He finished his four-year career with Quinnipiac as the program’s Division I career leader in goals (40) and points (92).

Professional[edit]

Brito was an assistant coach at Quinnipiac in 2009,[2] attended the 2009 MLS Combine, and briefly played professionally for Operário dos Açores in the Portuguese Second Division 2010,[3] before becoming the first player to sign with the expansion FC New York of the new USL Professional League when he signed in February 2011.[4] He scored the only goal of FCNY's first ever league victory, 1-0 over the Charleston Battery on May 13.[5]

Brito signed with Rochester Rhinos of USL Pro on February 2, 2012.[6]

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