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AC St. Louis Signs Midfielder Michael Videira

Michael Videira

 

AC St. Louis today announced the signing of former New England Revolution midfielder Michael Videira.  Videira was released by the Revolution on July 26.2010, and will provide help for the St. Louis team in their push to gain one of the eight playoff spots in USSF D2. 

“I am pretty excited about this, and I know we can still make a run at the playoffs here,” said Videira following his first training session with the club. “I hope just to bring  a sense of professionalism and urgency to the team. I think we have a good team. We just need to realize our strengths, and be consistent throughout the rest of the season.”   AC St. Louis Coach Dale Schilly added that “Mike is a good center midfield player who has very good technical ability, has good passing skills, and is a good worker who will help us defend.  He has a couple years of experience in the MLS, and that experience alone will help us.” 

The 24 year-old Videira is a Massachusetts native.  While attending Greenough School, he was selected to the Parade and McDonald’s All-American teams.  He also played club soccer for the Greater Boston Bolts, who were coached by Paul Mariner, who at the time was assistant to Coach Steve Nicol with the Revolution.  Videira chose to play his college ball at Duke University, where he was Soccer America’s Freshman of the Year in 2004 and was three times a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy.  Videira was also a All-ACC selection each of his four seasons at Duke.  Additionally, Videira scored three goals in ten games for the Cary RailHawks U-23 of the PDL in 2008. 

Videira was the 18th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, chosen by the Revolution, but instead chose to sign with Scottish side Hamilton Academical.  His time with the Accies was marred by injury, and did not feature for the club.  After his release he signed with the Revolution.  Videira featured in 12 games for the Revolution during the 2009 season.  Videira also has 14 appearances with the US U-17 national team and two appearances with the US U-20 squad. 

The signing of Videira should be a mutually beneficial situation for both player and team.  AC St. Louis will benefit from Videira’s MLS and ACC experience.  Meanwhile, Videira will enjoy the tutelage of Coach Dale Schilly, who has 25 years experience coaching in the youth ranks, and has done good work in improving  the play of many of the rookie players on the AC St. Louis roster.  Also, Videira shares some background with some of his new teammates, as AC St. Louis goalkeeper hails from the triangle area of North Carolina, and grew up as a big Duke University fan, while midfielder Ryan Moore is a fellow New Englander.  

AC St. Louis recently added highly regarded 16 year-old midfielder Luis Gil on loan from Real Salt Lake as the team looks to improve on its 5-11-6 mark and make the playoffs.  AC St. Louis hosts the Puerto Rico Islanders this Friday night.  The Islanders host Honduran team Olimpia in the first round of group stage games in the CONCACAF Champions league tonight in Bayamon, PR.

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