Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today the signing of defender Mike da Fonte to a two-year contract. Da Fonte arrives in Colorado after spending the 2016 campaign with USL side Sacramento Republic FC.
“Mike impressed in our preseason meeting with Sacramento last year and we continued to track his progress. He provides competition and increased depth to our already strong defensive core,” said Rapids Sporting Director Pádraig Smith. “He is a player who we think has the necessary tools to be successful at the next level.”
Last season, da Fonte scored four goals in 19 appearances for Sacramento Republic FC. In 2015, da Fonte served as captain of the newly-formed New York Red Bulls II, leading the team in minutes played (2,003) and games started (23).
“We are pleased to have Mike join our club for the next two seasons,” said Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni. “He is a very athletic central defender with experience in Europe and with two prominent USL sides. We look forward to welcoming Mike to the Rapids.”
Prior to his USL arrival, da Fonte spent two years playing in the Terceira Divisão Portuguesa (Portuguese Third Division), making 23 appearances with S.C. Espinho (2012-13). A year later, da Fonte joined Pedras Salgadas and saw action in 23 contests for the club.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids – March 14, 2017 – Rapids sign defender Mike da Fonte to a two-year contract.
Full Name: Mike da Fonte
Birth Date: April 18, 1991
Birthplace: Ossining, NY
Hometown: Ossining, NY