The Miami FC Signs Veteran Midfielder Michel

Former Rayo OKC Captain was named to the 2016 NASL Best XI
Jan 25, 2017

MIAMI (Jan. 25, 2017) – The Miami FC announced today that the club has signed former Rayo OKC midfielder Michel.

“Michel adds years of experience having played in several leagues around the world,” said Head Coach Alessandro Nesta. “As a proven goal scorer and skilled playmaker, I look forward to seeing what he can add to our midfield and our attack.”

Michel, a Vitoria, Brazil native, joins the Miami FC after a great season with Rayo OKC. As the franchise’s first-ever captain he netted 14 goals in 2016, the fourth-highest mark in the NASL, and tallied three assists helping the club reach the Championship Playoffs. For his consistently strong performance, Michel was named to the 2016 NASL Best Xl.

Before his breakout season in the NASL, Michel spent three successful seasons with FC Dallas, scoring 12 goals for the MLS club. He was an instrumental piece in FC Dallas’ run to the playoffs in 2014. He featured in 25 matches for the club, including all three playoff matches, scoring eight goals and registering five assists.

During his childhood, Michel came up through the youth system of Brazil’s Aletico Mineiro and would go on to play four season with the club’s first team. In 2004, Michel made the move to Europe, signing with Standard Liege of the Belgian Pro League, where he played for two seasons. Michel would make stops again in Brazil and in Greece, before moving into American soccer.

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