Former New York Cosmos, Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Pedro DeBrito died at the age of 55 over the weekend due to injuries suffered from a car accident in his hometown of Miami, Fla.
Born in Cape Verde, DeBrito moved to Portugal with his family when he was nine before moving to the United States six years later.
Following a stellar four-year collegiate career at University of Connecticut where the team captured the 1981 NCAA Division I men's soccer championship, De Brito was chosen in the league’s draft by the Rowdies the following year.
DeBrito played in 29 matches that season and scored two goals with four assists while earning NASL Rookie of the Year honor.
After spending 1983 with Team America, DeBrito saw action in 23 games with the Cosmos while scoring two goals and two assists the following season. DeBrito also participated in NASL indoor seasons from 1983-84.
DeBrito continued his soccer career in with MISL’s (Major Indoor Soccer League) Dallas Sidekicks, Wichita Wings; Albany Capitals of ASL (American Soccer League) and then the Detroit Rockers from NPSL (National Professional Soccer League) before retiring in 1994.
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