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Indy Eleven Adds Experienced Attacker Paulo Junior

Prolific winger brings flair, pace to “Boys in Blue”
Published Sep 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (September 8, 2017) – Indy Eleven announces the addition of winger Paulo Junior with the Brazilian eligible to face North Carolina FC during the midweek clash on Wednesday, September 13 pending the arrival of his work visa. Per club policy, details of the contract will not be released.

A pacy midfielder with skillful dribbling ability, Paulo Jr. joins “Indiana’s Team” having last played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2016 following a trade from Ottawa Fury FC. Spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Fury FC, the 28-year-old made 29 starts in 37 appearances and netted five times with five assists.

“His specialty is on the left or right wing and he’s very, very good in one-on-one situations and on breaking down defenses. That’s his style. Fortunately, many of our players have played with or against him, and I’ve coached against him and seen his qualities. We think he’ll be a valuable piece down the stretch,” said Indy Eleven head coach Tim Hankinson.

“With ten games left, there isn’t a lot of time to influence the chemistry of the team. Every player has got to earn their stripes when they arrive and the respect of his teammates. That said, I think he’ll have an influence on the field right from the start. We’re hoping that he can create more goalscoring opportunities for us.”

The native of Teresina, Brazil first made his way to the United States with the Strikers in 2009, where he stayed for three years, separated by loans to MLS side Real Salt Lake in 2010 and 2011. After transferring to RSL on a permanent deal in 2012, Paulo Jr. made his return to the Strikers in 2013, featuring 12 times.

Paulo Jr. will wear number 31 for the “Boys in Blue,” linking up with the rest of the squad after it was announced that Indy Eleven at Jacksonville Armada FC, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 9, would be postponed to Wednesday, September 27. He becomes the fourth Brazilian national added to Indy Eleven’s ranks, following Kleberson, Jhulliam, and Pedro Ferreira-Mendes.
 
Visit IndyEleven.com for more information on the team’s roster, which now includes 22 players.
 

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About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Since its launch in 2013, Indy Eleven’s mission – “To win championships with and for the community” – has stayed true to its aim of fielding a team that represents the State of Indiana proudly on and off the field. The upcoming 2017 season will mark the fourth year of play for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL), a professional soccer league based in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. On January 31, 2017, Indy Eleven submitted a bid for an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer (MLS), the First Division of pro soccer in the United States and Canada as recognized by U.S. Soccer.
 
After leading the NASL in attendance in each of its first two seasons at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, Indy Eleven’s remarkable 2016 campaign included winning the NASL Spring Season title and earning its first postseason appearance, ending in The Championship Final.