March 7, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Union has announced the signing of former Coastal Carolina University standout Pedro Ribeiroto a professional contract.
Ribeiro, a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, was selected by the Union with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft. He became the ninth former Chanticleer to be drafted by a Major League Soccer club. In addition, the skilled midfielder is the fourth Chant in the last three years to sign with a MLS club, joining defender Cyprian Hedrick and goalkeeper Scott Angevine, both signed with Sporting KC in 2012, and Ashton Bennett, who signed with Toronto FC in 2013.
Ribeiro, who completed his undergraduate degree in December, collected a plethora of national awards in 2013 after leading the Chanticleers to a NCAA-high 19-win season that included Coastal's second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Third Round. The dominating midfielder paced the 2013 Chanticleers to a Big South regular season and tournament championship, while also earning the league's Attacking Player of the Year honor. He was also tabbed to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region first team, Big South Conference first team and Big South Tournament MVP.
Ribeiro finished his Coastal Carolina career ranked 11th all-time with 31 goals, tied for sixth with 26 assists, ninth with 88 points (31g, 26a) and second with 249 shot attempts. He also ranks second in the CCU record book with 86 career matches played and tied for eighth with 74 appearances in the starting XI. He led the Chanticleers to a 69-20-4 overall record, four NCAA Tournament appearances, five NCAA Tournament wins, three Big South regular season championships and two Big South tournament championships. Moreover, he became just the third Chanticleer to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy.