ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Lancers fortified their goalkeeping Thursday as they re-signed veteran Marcelo Moreira for the rest of the Major Arena Soccer League season.
As per league and team policies, further terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Moreira, 45, will bring more than 20 years of goalkeeping and five years of indoor experience to the team. He played for the Lancers during the 2014-15 MASL season and in the 2018-19 M2 season.
“Marcelo will bring a much-needed lift to our team. He is a talented, veteran goalkeeper who will solidify the back line for us in goal, but more importantly help our young goalkeepers understand the difficult game of indoor soccer,” Lancers head coach Doug Miller said. “I am excited to have Marcelo involved with the Lancers organization as a player and a coach.”
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Moreira grew up playing in youth development programs of the best clubs in Brazil, including Corinthians, Sao Paulo and where he ended up turning pro Palmeiras.
He spent 10 years playing in Palmeiras, followed by a stint as the team captain of Juventus (Brazil) for five years, where he helped lead the team earn promotion to the First Division.
In 2013, Moreira moved to the U.S., where he continued his soccer career as an indoor player, performing for the Syracuse Silver Knights, St. Louis Ambush and last season as a back-up for Utica City FC besides his Rochester stints.
Moreira has established his roots in Rochester with his wife Kayla, who is the team’s director of operations, daughter Jilliana and a son who is on the way, Thiago. He is the director of goalkeeping for the WNY Flash Youth Academy and also runs a soccer training company called More Keepers. He has spent the past five seasons as an assistant/goalkeeper coach for Monroe Community College men’s program and the Nazareth men.
“Marcelo is family and I am excited that he is back with our team,” Lancers owner Salvatore “SoccerSam” Fantauzzo said. “With his experience and leadership, I am certain it will help our young team develop quicker.”
The Lancers return home to play the Baltimore Blast on Jan. 31 and the Ambush on Feb. 1 at the Dome Arena.