Versatile Breno Oliveira signs new two-year deal with Florida Tropics
LAKELAND, Fla. – Versatile Breno Oliveira – who played at various times as a forward, midfielder and defender during his rookie season with the Florida Tropics – has signed a new two-year deal to remain with the Major Arena Soccer League team.
Oliveira dressed for 21 games last season, and had goals in a playoff win over Kansas City and in San Diego in game two of the MASL finals, as part of his 15-points on the season (10 goals and five assists). He had one game winning goal, one power play goal and recorded 11 blocked shots. Per team and league guidelines, no additional contract information will be released.
“Breno for us is a player that can [play anywhere on the field. That’s the value in him. He is a very, very talented soccer player,” said Head Coach Clay Roberts. “His growth throughout the year was impressive. He was consistent and constantly in the line up, and he earned that. His aggressive defending, his technical ability to pass, to shoot, his one v. one skill, he will become a top player in this league and we’re thrilled to death he’s going to be with us.”
Oliveira had previously gotten his indoor career started with stops in Major Arena Soccer League 2, most recently with the Muskegon Risers, before signing with Florida on a one-year deal prior to last season. He was courted by several MASL teams at the time before settling on the Tropics.
Originally from Campinas, Brazil, Oliveira spent his first college season year at Trinity Baptist (Fla.) where he helped guide the Eagles to an NCCAA national championship and for his efforts was named an NCCAA First Team All-American and the NCCAA Freshman of the Year before transferring to Grace College (Indiana) for his final three years.
In his junior season, he scored a team-high seven goals and tied for the team lead in assists with four. In his senior year, he tallied three goals and had a program-best nine assists. During his time as a Lancer, Oliveira claimed an All-Conference designation, and helped lead his team to a conference championship as a junior and took Grace to the semis of the NCCAA National Tournament in his final campaign to earn a second
NCCAA All-American badge. His senior season also saw the Lancers log the most wins in program history.
The Tropics – who advanced for the first-time in team history to the MASL championship finals last spring – will start their seventh season in the league this fall at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. For more information, visit www.fltropics.com.