#29 | Forward
Stefano Pinho | #29
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Previous club: Austin Bold FC (USL Championship)
Indy Eleven continued to build its roster for the 2022 season with its signing of veteran forward Stéfano Pinho on January 31.
“I am very excited to be part of such a club and to have the backing of its amazing fans, and I thank the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to come to Indy,” said Pinho. “I am extremely happy to join this family and will give everything that I have to achieve our goals and bring the title to Indianapolis.”
Pinho brings an abundance of experience to Indiana’s Team via a 10-year career that has spanned three continents – including five squads across the USA’s top two divisions. Throughout his professional playing days he has gathered 68 goals and 21 assist in a span of 193 official games – five of which he played at Carroll Stadium against the Eleven during three seasons in the North American Soccer League (NASL).
Pinho, 31, started his career in the youth ranks of South American powerhouse Fluminese FC and began his professional path on loan with fellow Brazilian sides Guaratinguetá (2012) and Madureira (2013) and Finnish club Mypa (2014).
After getting on the radar in American soccer circles as the top scorer at the 2013 MLS Combine, his first stateside stint was spent with the NASL trio of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2015), Minnesota United (2016), and The Miami FC (2017). Pinho’s standout performances saw him earn the NASL’s Golden Boot (leading scorer) and Golden Ball (MVP) awards twice, first with Fort Lauderdale (16 goals, nine assists) and again with Miami FC (17 goals, six assists)
“Stefano Pinho is a pure attacking player whose creativity and ability to finish in every fashion will provide a true threat in the final third,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “Indy fans experienced first-hand how dominant and productive Stefano can be, and they should be excited for the opportunity to back him this season.”
Following a move to Major League Soccer’s Orlando City FC in 2018, Pinho took his skills overseas for a three-year run in Asia, where he suited up with clubs in China (Xianjang Tianshan Leopard in 2019), and Saudi Arabia (Al-Washm in 20-21). Last season, Pinho came back to the States for his first USL Championship campaign, collecting a goal and an assist for Austin Bold FC.