Pedro's passing was reported on his FaceBook page and by the Tampa
Bay Rowdies Appreciation Blog on Sunday, 6th July, 2014.
His FaceBook page was filled with various tributes after news surfaced
of his passing. Pedro was born on May 25th, 1959 on the island of Cape Verde (off the coast of West Africa). He
moved with his family to the United States at the age of 15.
Pedro was well-known by most of you. He was a stand-out star when the
University of Connecticut won the national NCAA Division I Championship in 1981, coached by Joe Morrone, Sr. He
then turned professional and played for several teams, including the New York Cosmos in the old NASL in 1984 and
also played one match for the U.S. National team in 1983. He was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame
in the Class of 2000.
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_DeBrito
for more about his soccer career.
He never forgot his Connecticut soccer roots and returned to play soccer
here several times. He had moved to live in Miami, but still met up with his old Connecticut soccer friends to
play in various matches and tournaments around the U.S. He was preparing to meet up with his Connecticut friends
and team-mates again this coming week to play in the U.S. Veterans Cup in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
You can Google for Pedro's name (Pedro DeBrito) and find news of his
automobile accident and death all over the Internet including several obituaries. This obituary was one of the
best ones I found > http://soccerblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/former-sidekick-pedro-debrito-killed-in-car-accident.html (if unavailable, it is also printed HERE)
is a tribute from friend and former team-mate from several teams and tournaments, Krys Furman. It is of a team
photograph highlighting Pedro (in colour) when Gigi Garofano's Connecticut United team played in the U.S. Veterans
Cup when it was held in Hawaii several years ago. Krys, a former professional soccer player himself, is second
from the right on the front row. We thank Krys for his kind tribute.
It goes without saying that Pedro will be greatly missed by the Connecticut
soccer family and may he rest in peace.
Pedro, from all of us here in the Shoreline Adult Soccer League, past
and present, rest in peace.
Garry Archer for the Shoreline Adult Soccer League,
Inc. (SASL) and for the Connecticut soccer community in general