South Georgia Tormenta FC has signed a new face to its 2019 USL League One team with the addition of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Coutinho, who will be joining the professional franchise pending league and federation approval.
Coutinho grew up in Recife, Brazil, where he fell in love with soccer as soon as he began walking. There, he played for both Santa Cruz FC and Clube Náutico Capibaribe.
"I coached Lucas three years ago in the PDL when he played for the SWV King's Warriors," said Tormenta FC Head Coach John Miglarese. "He is one of the most dynamic attacking players I've ever coached, which will make him an exciting player to watch.
"His time playing for the NY Cosmos will also provide some experience to our roster."
Coutinho will graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University in December 2018 with a degree in Business Management. While playing for the PBA Sailfish, he made the NSCAA All-South Region First Team and First Team All-American, the ICAA First Team, the NCCAA All-Region First Team and the D2CCA All-South Region First Team twice.
The veteran midfielder has played for both amateur and professional teams. In the PDL, he played for the Ocala Stampede, SWV King’s Warriors, South Florida Surf and Lakeland Tropics. Professionally, he played for the New York Cosmos and Florida Tropics SC. While playing in the PDL, he made the PDL All-League Team and the All-Southern Conference Team.
"I am very honored and excited to be joining the Tormenta FC family, as well as being one of the first players to join USL League One," said Coutinho. "I am also looking forward to improving as a player and as a person under Coach Miglarese’s wings. I cannot wait to get going."