The 2017 CARF International MVP award will go to the most valuable players for FC Tucson Men and Women. Over the course of Summer, we’ll be highlighting individuals who show their effectiveness on the pitch.

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Since joining FC Tucson last summer, University at Albany forward Afonso Pinheiro has made sure his name will resonate with fans for years to come.

After breaking current Real Salt Lake forward Ricardo Velazco’s single-season scoring record in his last PDL campaign, “Fonzi” carried the momentum over into the collegiate season, helping the Great Danes to their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history.

Pinheiro was one of three FC Tucson players named to the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, awarded to the best male and female players in collegiate soccer.

“Every team needs a proven goalscorer, and Fonzi has proven to be that both here and at Albany,” FC Tucson head coach Jon Pearlman said.

“He’s got all the qualities you look for in a traditional [forward], he can hold the ball up, take on defenders, score in the air. He’s a hardworking player with incredible spirit both on and off the field and someone to rely on.”

Catch Fonzi back in action this Friday night as FC Tucson returns home for the first time in a month to face off against FC Boulder U23 at 7:00 p.m. at Kino North Stadium.

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