#77 | Defender
Gustavo Rissi | #77
Weight: 181 lbs.
Birthplace: Araras, Brazil
Acquired: Signed on 12/08/22
Previous club: Rochester New York FC (MLS NEXT Pro)
Indy Eleven continued to solidify its backline for the 2023 season with its acquisition of defender Gustavo Rissi via transfer from Rochester New York FC of MLS NEXT Pro on Dec. 8, 2022.
Rissi brings to the Eleven defensive corps a blend of physicality and tenacity via his 6’0” frame and technical skill on the ball that belies his Brazilian roots. Prior to playing 13 matches (all starts, 1 assist) for RNYFC during its inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season last summer, Rissi got 35 matches worth of USL Championship experience from 2019-21 with Austin Bold FC while on loan from Brazilian power Cruzeiro. Rissi made his biggest impact with Austin in 2021, when he started each of his 26 appearances and finished third on the squad with 2,247 minutes played.
Prior to coming stateside, Rissi suited up for Cruziero’s reserve side in 2018 and served loan stints with Ipatinga and Boa Esporte in 2019. While he was coming through the youth ranks at another Brazilian giant, Fluminense, from 2011-14, Rissi also earned time in the set-up of Brazil’s U-15 and U-16 National Teams.
They Said It …
Rissi on Joining Indiana’s Team:
“I’m very happy with this opportunity, and I hope to represent the fans and the club in the best possible way. I’m ready for the challenges and looking forward to meeting my teammates; together I’m sure we will achieve many great things in 2023.”
Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry on Rissi:
“I’ve been a big fan of Gustavo for three years now. His ability and composure on the ball and his natural pace make him a standout center back at this level. It’s difficult to find that blend for a defender so we are extremely happy to bring him here.”