John DeBrito

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John DeBrito
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-12-03) December 3, 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Cape Verde
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1990 Southern Connecticut State
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Tulsa Ambush (indoor)
1992 Gremio Lusitano
1994 Boston Storm
1995 New York Fever 26 (11)
1996 New England Revolution 21 (0)
1997 MetroStars 8 (0)
1997–1998 Kansas City Wizards 12 (0)
1997Nashville Metros (loan) 1 (0)
1998MLS Pro 40 (loan) 3 (0)
1999–2001 Columbus Crew 35 (1)
2001 Dallas Burn 0 (0)
2001 Connecticut Wolves 7 (0)
National team
1991–1992 United States 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John DeBrito (born December 3, 1968, in Cape Verde) is a former U.S.-Cape Verde soccer player. He was an All American at Southern Connecticut State University, spent at least one season playing indoor soccer, then played eight seasons outdoor, including six season in Major League Soccer. He earned six caps with the U.S. national team from 1991 to 1992.

Youth and college[edit]

DeBrito attended the W.F. Kaynor Technical High School of Waterbury, Connecticut. He finished his high school soccer career as one of the highest scoring players in state history. Following high school, DeBrito attended Division II Southern Connecticut State University where he played on the men's soccer team from 1987 to 1990. In 1988, he was named a second team All Star. The next year, he led the Owls to the Division II championship, scoring both Southern Conn goals in the victory. In 1990, he was a first team All Star. In his four years with the Owls, DeBrito scored twenty goals and dished out thirty-two assists.[1]


In 1991, the Tulsa Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) drafted DeBrito. He spent the 1991–1992 NPSL season with the Ambush before the team folded at the end of the season. In 1992, he joined Gremio Lusitano.[2] In 1994, DeBrito signed with the Boston Storm of the USISL. In 1995, he moved to the New York Fever of the A League.[3] In February 1996, the New England Revolution picked DeBrito in the eleventh round (105th overall) of the MLS Inaugural Draft. He played in twenty-one games in the 1996 season, which he played as a defender. The Revolution waived DeBrito on March 17, 1997, and was quickly claimed by the MetroStars. He played eight games with the MetroStars before moving to the Kansas City Wizards for the remainder of the 1997 and the 1998 season. In 1999, the Columbus Crew selected DeBrito in the second round of the Supplemental Draft. DeBrito remained with the Crew through the 1999 and 2000 season before being traded to the Dallas Burn during the 2001 season. DeBrito played for the Burn in the U.S. Open Cup, but never saw time in any league games before being released by Dallas on July 1, 2001. DeBrito finished out the 2001 season with the Connecticut Wolves of USISL.

National team[edit]

DeBrito earned six caps with the U.S. national team. His first game came as a substitute to Marcelo Balboa in a 1-0 loss to Bermuda on February 21, 1991. He was not called into the national team again until February 12, 1992, this time starting alongside Balboa in a scoreless tie with Costa Rica. Over the next eight months, he appeared in a handful of games, most as substitutes until his last cap on October 9, 1992. In 1993 DeBrito played with the U.S. at the World University Games.

In 2006, the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame inducted DeBrito.[4]

Personal life[edit]

DeBrito's parents are John and Angelina DeBrito. He has five sisters: Vera, Fernanda, Valeriana, Angela, and Maria. His older brother, Pedro DeBrito, was also a professional soccer player in the 1980s and 1990s.[5]


  1. ^ Southern Owls Media Guide Archived 2007-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "SOCCER NOTEBOOK – World-class player Ludlow-bound" Union-News (Springfield, Massachusetts) Friday, September 11, 1992
  3. ^ 1996 Seattle Sounders Media Guide
  4. ^ "Class of 2006". Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Cohen, Howard (July 10, 2014). "Tampa Bay Rowdies, UConn soccer champ Pedro DeBrito dies after car crash in Miami". Miami Herald. Retrieved July 11, 2014.

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