REAL SALT LAKE ACQUIRES FW PAULO ARAUJO JR. VIA LOAN FROM MIAMI FC
USSF D-2 Pro League Standout to Join Defending MLS Cup Champs for Stretch Drive of 2010 Campaign
SANDY, Utah (Thursday, September 9, 2010) – Real Salt Lake today announced the acquisition of FW Paulo Araujo Jr. via a loan deal with Miami FC of the USSF D-2 Pro League. The loan arrangement will keep the Brazilian striker, a member of the reigning MLS Cup champion through the remainder of its 2010 season, including the MLS Cup Playoffs. Paulo Jr. will be available for selection for Real Salt Lake when the Utah side takes on Seattle Sounders FC this evening at Qwest Field (9:00 p.m. MT, live on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).
Paulo Jr. will occupy the last of Real Salt Lake’s five available International player roster slots, joining the Argentinean trio of FW Fabian Espindola, MF Nelson Gonzalez, and MF Javier Morales; and Costa Rican FW Álvaro Saborío on the list.
“We are excited to add a forward like Paulo to give us as many options up top as possible as we push through our congested schedule of CONCACAF and League games at the end of our season,” said RSL General Manager Garth Lagerwey.
Paulo Jr. joins Real Salt Lake after notching four assists and scoring a team-high eight goals in 22 appearances (18 starts) in USSF D-2 Pro League play, which ranked him tied for fifth on the 12-team league’s goal-scoring chart at the time of his departure. In addition, Paulo Jr. ranks as the co-leading scorer of the 2010 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, his five goals in three games tying him with Nate Jaqua of tournament finalist Seattle Sounders FC for the competition’s scoring lead.
The 21-year-old attacker – who will don “Paulo” on his RSL jersey in the tradition of Brazilian players – began his professional career with Campeonato Brasileiro Série C club Ituano in 2008 before signing with Miami FC in 2009. During his first season with the South Florida side last year, Paulo Jr. tallied three goals and three assists in 18 league matches in USL First Division play.
#23 PAULO ARAUJO JR. (PAULO JR.)
Full Name: Paulo Morais de Araujo Junior
Height: 5’ 7’’ Weight: 158 lbs.
Born: January 23, 1989 in Teresina, Brazil
Hometown: Teresina, Brazil
MLS Experience: 1st Season
Last Club: Miami FC (2010)
2010: Miami FC (USSF D-2 Pro League): Started in 18 of his 22 matches with Miami FC in League play, registering a team-high 8 goals and adding 4 assists across 1,675 minutes of action … At the time of his departure, ranked in USSF D-2’s top five with 20 points (3rd), 8 goals (T-4th), and 50 shots (5th) … Also scored five times in three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup contests, his five goals ranking at the top of the competition’s scoring chart heading into the Final (tied with Seattle’s Nate Jaqua) … Four of those goals came during a 10-minute span in added extra time in Miami FC’s First Round 5-1 win over the Central Florida Kraze (PDL) on June 15 … Also tallied the Blues’ opener (2’) a week later in the squad’s 2-1 (AET) victory over fellow D-2 side Tampa Bay … Started and went the full 90 minutes on June 29 at Houston Dynamo in a 0-1 Third Round defeat … Re-signed with Miami on March 15 for its 2010 season.
2009: Miami FC (USL First Division): Notched three goals
and three assists across 18 appearances in his first season with Miami … Made
his Blues debut on May 20 v. Charleston Battery, and scored his first USL goal
a month later on June 20 vs. Cleveland City Stars
2008: Ituano FC (Campeonato Brasileiro Série C): Began his professional career in 2008 with Ituano FC of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C before signing with Miami FC in 2009.
Born Paulo Morais de Araujo Junior in Teresina, Brazil
TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake acquires forward Paulo Araujo Jr. on loan from USSF D-2 Pro League’s Miami FC for remainder of 2010 MLS season.