Juninho (footballer, born January 1989)

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Juninho LA Galaxy 2011.jpg
Juninho with LA Galaxy in 2011
Personal information
Full name Vitor Gomes Pereira Junior
Date of birth (1989-01-08) January 8, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth São José dos Campos, Brazil
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
2004–2008 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 São Paulo 0 (0)
2009Toledo (loan) 10 (2)
2010–2012LA Galaxy (loan) 87 (13)
2013–2015 LA Galaxy 105 (3)
2016–2019 Tijuana 20 (1)
2017Chicago Fire (loan) 21 (1)
2019 LA Galaxy 2 (0)
2019 LA Galaxy II 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2019

Vítor Gomes Pereira Júnior (born January 8, 1989), is a Brazilian footballer who most recently played as a midfielder for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer. He is commonly known as Juninho or Vitor Junior, and is the older brother of footballer Ricardo Goulart who plays for Guangzhou Evergrande.


Juninho grew up in the city of São Paulo and played for the São Paulo youth team, winning the U-17 Paulista Championship side in 2006. He made one appearance for the São Paulo senior side in 2007. He was sent out on loan to Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy in 2010 along with fellow Brazilians from the club Alex Cazumba and Leonardo.[1] He made his debut for the team on March 27, 2010, in Galaxy's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against New England Revolution,[2] and scored his first goal for the Galaxy in a 2-0 win over AC St. Louis in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 game on June 29, 2010.[3] Juninho scored his first goal in a league game against Seattle Sounders FC on July 4, 2010, shooting from over 30 yards out.[4] The goal was named the Goal of the Week for week 13.[5]

Juninho helped Galaxy win the Supporters' Shield in both 2010 and 2011.[6] He was also a key player in the Galaxy's 2011 MLS Cup championship and played the full 90 minutes in the final victory over the Houston Dynamo.[7] At the conclusion of the 2011 MLS season, Juninho left Los Angeles and signed a three-year contract with boyhood club São Paulo.[8] However, in February 2012 Juninho returned to Los Angeles on loan for the 2012 MLS season.[9]

Juninho eventually made his stay at Los Angeles a permanent one when he signed with the club in January 2013 following his release from São Paulo.[10] In his six seasons with LA Galaxy, Juninho made 180 starts and 187 regular season appearances, recording 18 goals and 23 assists along the way. He also recorded an additional 21 appearances, one goal and four assists in postseason play, including scoring the decisive goal in the 2014 Wester Conference Final to send the Galaxy to the MLS Cup.[11]

In December 2015, Juninho was sold to Tijuana of Liga MX, where he signed a three-year deal.[12]

Juninho playing for Chicago Fire in 2017

In December 2016, Juninho was loaned from Tijuana to Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. This loan ended following the conclusion of the 2017 season.[13]

On 18 December 2018, Juninho returned to LA Galaxy for a third stint, after acquiring the Right of First Refusal from the Chicago Fire in exchange for $75,000 in General Allocation Money.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Juninho holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player in MLS.[14] Juninho's brother Ricardo Goulart is also a footballer and plays for former Chinese Super League champion Guangzhou Evergrande.[15]


São Paulo Reserves
  • U-17 Paulista Championship: 2006
Los Angeles Galaxy[11]


  1. ^ "Galaxy sign three players on loan from Sao Paulo FC". Major League Soccer. December 23, 2010. Archived from the original on March 19, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "CBC.ca Sports". Stats.cbc.ca. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "Galaxy power through Saints and into the Qtr. Finals | Major League Soccer". Mlssoccer.com. June 29, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Mayers, Joshua (July 4, 2010). "Sounders FC Blog | Sounders FC 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 3 - team recap/stats | Seattle Times Newspaper". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  5. ^ MLSsoccer.com (July 9, 2010). "Juninho grabs AT&T Goal of the Week honors for Week 14 | Major League Soccer". Mlssoccer.com. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  6. ^ "LA Galaxy Win 2011 Supporters' Shield". Los Angeles Galaxy Communications. LAGalaxy.com. October 8, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "2011-11-20: LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo, MLS Cup". MLSsoccer.com. November 20, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  8. ^ "Sports Now". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ http://www.lagalaxy.com/news/2012/02/juninho-and-leonardo-return-la-galaxy-2012
  10. ^ "Juninho announces LA Galaxy return and Sao Paulo departure on Facebook". LA Galaxy. January 15, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "LA Galaxy sign midfielder Juninho". LA Galaxy. December 18, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  12. ^ http://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2015/12/24/la-galaxy-transfer-midfielder-juninho-club-tijuana
  13. ^ "Juninho". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Kevin Baxter (July 18, 2015). "MLS' complicated pay structure means teams have to get creative". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  15. ^ "Jogou com Beckham e conheceu Obama: Irmão de R. Goulart quer defender EUA". Esporte. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  16. ^ "All-Star: Pablo Mastroeni makes five additions to roster as Keane, Gerrard, Bradley, Tierney withdraw". July 28, 2015.

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