Shoreline Adult Soccer League, Inc.

Pedro DeBrito

25th May, 1959 - 5th July, 2014

Pedro, in 1985

 

It is with the deepest sadness that I regret to inform you that Pedro DeBrito, a Connecticut soccer legend and Connecticut Soccer Hall of Famer (class of 2000) passed away on Saturday, July 5th in Miami, Florida of critical injuries resulting from an automobile accident he was involved in last Thursday. He was aged 55. He had surgical operations on Friday, but later caught pneumonia and did not recover.

AN OBITUARY, AS PUBLISHED BY THE HARTFORD COURANT (July 7th, 2014)


AN OBITUARY, AS PUBLISHED BY THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS (July 6th, 2014)

 

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)

Below 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