João Moutinho (footballer, born 1998)

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João Moutinho
Personal information
Full name João Gervásio Bragança Moutinho
Date of birth (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 22)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Orlando City
Number 4
Youth career
2008–2017 Sporting CP
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Akron Zips 24 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018 Los Angeles FC 14 (1)
2019– Orlando City 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2019

João Gervásio Bragança Moutinho is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Orlando City of Major League Soccer. Moutinho usually is employed as a left back, although has been used as a centre-back before.

Moutinho played one season of college soccer for the Akron Zips men's soccer program during the 2017 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. He appeared in all 24 matches for the Zips, and was named a first-team All-American by United Soccer Coaches.[1][2][3]

He was the first-overall selection of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, going to expansion club Los Angeles FC. After one season, he was traded to Orlando.


Youth and college[edit]

Moutinho joined the Sporting CP's Youth Academy in 2008, when he joined the U-10 squad. Moutinho remained with the squad through the U-19's. In 2017, Moutinho signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Akron Zips men's soccer program for the 2017 season.

While at Akron, Moutinho started in all 24 matches, scoring three and dishing out five assists. The season saw the Zips win the 2017 MAC Men's Soccer Tournament, and reach the College Cup (semi-finals) of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament. At the end of the season, he earned two national distinctions, being named a first-team All-American by United Soccer Coaches,[1] and earned the National Freshman of the Year Award by TopDrawer Soccer. Conference-wise, Moutinho earned the MAC Freshman of the Year Award, and was named to the All-MAC first team.[3]

At the end of his freshman season, Moutinho signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer, making him eligible for the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. There, Moutinho was the first overall selection of the draft, signed by expansion franchise, Los Angeles FC.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles FC[edit]

On 8 January 2018, Moutinho was one of six recipients of a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer.[4] Eleven days later at the 2018 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, he was the first-overall selection, joining expansion team Los Angeles FC.[5][6][2][3]

He made his professional debut on 5 March in LAFC's first MLS game, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 win at the Seattle Sounders FC.[7] On 7 April in a 5–0 loss at Atlanta United FC, he was sent off in added time for handling the ball in the penalty area.[8] He scored his first professional goal on 9 June, the winner in a 4–3 victory at fellow Californians the San Jose Earthquakes, in the seventh minute of added time.[9] The new club came third in the Western Conference and were eliminated in the first round of the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs 3–2 at home to Real Salt Lake.[10]

Orlando City[edit]

On 11 December 2018 he was traded to Orlando City in exchange for Mohamed El-Monir.[11] He made his debut for the team on March 23, starting in a 1–0 away win at New York Red Bulls and assisting the only goal by Sacha Kljestan.[12]

Career statistics[edit]


School Season NCAA Regular Season MAC Tournament NCAA Tournament Total
Division Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
University of Akron 2017 Div. I 16 3 5 2 0 0 4 0 0 22 0 1
NCAA Total 18 3 5 2 0 0 4 0 0 22 3 5


As of 29 September 2019.[13]
Club Season League Cup League Playoffs Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
LAFC 2018 MLS 14 1 1 0 0 0 15 1
Orlando City 2019 MLS 16 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
Career Totals 30 1 3 0 0 0 33 1




Akron Zips


  1. ^ a b c "NCAA DI Men's All-America Teams Announced by United Soccer Coaches". Kansas City, Missouri: United Soccer Coaches. December 7, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Slane, Mike (January 19, 2018). "Los Angeles FC selects Joao Moutinho with first overall pick in SuperDraft". Goal. Perform Group. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Couch, Ben. "MLS SuperDraft: LAFC select Joao Moutinho No. 1 overall". Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Akron's Joao Moutinho Named to 2018 Generation adidas Class". ISN Soccer. 6 January 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "MLS Draft: University of Akron defender Joao Moutinho chosen first overall by Los Angeles Football Club". Akron Beacon Journal. Black Press. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "LAFC picks Akron's Joao Moutinho with top pick in MLS SuperDraft". WPVI-TV. ABC Owned Television Stations. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Sounders FC drops 1-0 loss to Los Angeles FC in 2018 MLS opener". Seattle Sounders FC. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Miguel Almiron and VAR help Atlanta United rout LAFC". ESPN FC. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ "GOAL: Joao Moutinho fires LAFC ahead at the death". Major League Soccer. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  10. ^ Romero, Jose (2 November 2018). "Los Angeles Football Club 2, Real Salt Lake 3". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  11. ^ Culver, Jordan; USA, Pro Soccer (2018-12-11). "Orlando City trades Mohamed El-Munir to LAFC for João Moutinho". Pro Soccer USA. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  12. ^ Butler, Dylan (23 March 2019). "New York Red Bulls 0, Orlando City SC 1". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Portugal - Bragança - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway".
  14. ^ "2017 Men's Division I Postseason Awards" (Web). TopDrawer Soccer. December 18, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Akron Wins Sixth-Straight MAC Tournament Title". Mid-American Conference. November 12, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.

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