Defender Andrew Ribeiro joins the First Team after three months with the academy squad. Before joining the Red-and-White organization, the defender was a key member of USL-Pro side and Philadelphia Union affiliate, Harrisburg City Islanders.
The 23-year-old right-footed defender has been a standout on the U23s back line, appearing in 14 games in the Coast Soccer League. Ribeiro has also contributed to the team’s current second-place conference standing with three goals. His latest tally came on Jan. 18 to help lead the Goats to a 2-1 victory over archrival Corinthians USA FC.
The six-foot defender joined the Red-and-White in October after his stint with the Islanders, where he was instrumental in leading the team to the playoffs with 24 appearances and 1,672 minutes logged. Despite being drafted by the New York Red Bulls out of Creighton University in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, Ribeiro opted to instead pursue his opportunity with the Pennsylvania side.
At Creighton, the Wisconsin native was named the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year after starting every contest for the Bluejays during his senior year. He also claimed an All-MVC First Team selection and earned MVC All-Tournament team honors after scoring the game-winning goal against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the MVC Tournament Championship.
Ribeiro also earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions in 2012. In his final season at CU, the defender delivered three game-winning scores, including his tally against the University of Washington in the Second Round of the NCAA tournament.