Vitor Gomes Pereira Júnior

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Juninho
Juninho LA Galaxy 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Vitor Gomes Pereira Junior
Date of birth (1989-01-08) January 8, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth São José dos Campos, Brazil
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tijuana
Number 8
Youth career
2004–2008 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 São Paulo 0 (0)
2009 Toledo (loan) 10 (2)
2010–2012 LA Galaxy (loan) 87 (13)
2013–2015 LA Galaxy 105 (3)
2016– Tijuana 14 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 11, 2016.


Vítor Gomes Pereira Júnior (born January 8, 1989), is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for Tijuana in Mexico. He is commonly known as Juninho or Vitor Junior, and the older brother of footballer Ricardo Goulart who plays for Guangzhou Evergrande.

Career[edit]

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. He was also a key player in the Galaxy's 2011 MLS Cup championship. At the conclusion of 2011, Juninho left Los Angeles and signed a three-year contract with São Paulo.[6] However, in February 2012 Juninho returned to Los Angeles on loan for the 2012 MLS season.[7]

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.[8]

In December 2015, Juninho was sold to Tijuana of Liga MX, where he signed a three-year deal.[9]

Personal[edit]

Juninho holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[10] Juninho's brother Ricardo Goulart is also a footballer and plays for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C..[11]

Honours[edit]

São Paulo[edit]

  • U-17 Paulista Championship- 2006

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 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. ^ "Sports Now". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ http://www.lagalaxy.com/news/2012/02/juninho-and-leonardo-return-la-galaxy-2012
  8. ^ http://www.lagalaxy.com/blog/beat/2013/01/15/juninho-announces-la-galaxy-return-and-sao-paulo-departure-facebook
  9. ^ http://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2015/12/24/la-galaxy-transfer-midfielder-juninho-club-tijuana
  10. ^ Kevin Baxter (18 July 2015). "MLS' complicated pay structure means teams have to get creative". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jogou com Beckham e conheceu Obama: Irmão de R. Goulart quer defender EUA". Esporte. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 

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