AC St. Louis announced the signing of six more players, including their first goalkeepers, Alec Dufty and former Rockhurst All American Chad Becker. Also signed were Brazilian attackers Gauchinho, 27, and 19 year old Cassiano, and two midfielders from California, Jeff Cosgriff and Gilbet Pogosyan.
Gauchinho, who’s real name is Jefferson Lima de Menenzes, started his career with the famed Brazilian side Flamengo. He has spent the last four seasons playing in Denmark for Naestved BK. Cassiano Moriera hails from Porto Allegre and played for EC Sao Jose. His age, position, hometown and former club are identical to previous ACSTL signee Alex Titton.
Twenty- three year old Jeff Cosgriff is a 6’4″ midfielder who played at college powerhouse Santa Clara, while fellow Californian Gilbert Pogosyan played at Pasadena City College.
We mentioned goalkeeper Alec Dufty in a previous post, “AC St. Louis: Five Unanswered Questions.” The former University of Evansville keeper played in one game last season for NY Red Bulls, recording a shutout in relief of Danny Cepero. After being waived by NYRB, he was signed by MLS for its goalkeeper reserve pool. Chad Becker is a St. Louis area native who trained with the KC Wizards. He is the second Francis Howell North HS player signed by ACSTL. Both goalkeepers are 23.
Director of Player Development Francisco Filho announced after the signings that the team is assembled and “we are ready to begin.” Training starts next week for the ACSTL players.