AUSTIN, TX (March 24, 2020) Austin Bold FC announced today the club has received defender Gustavo Rissi on loan from Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube pending league and federation approval.
Rissi, 22, spent a portion of the 2019 season on loan with Austin Bold FC. The Brazilian defender appeared in seven matches for The Bold, playing 660 minutes. Rissi tallied one goal in 2019, which came in his first match under Head Coach Marcelo Serrano against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Sept 7.
“Having Gustavo back is an excellent asset for the program, he was a massive help for us towards the end of last season. We want to thank Cruzeiro for believing in us to keep developing him on American soil, “ said Serrano. “He’s a player with great character and with experience in the youth levels of the Brazilian National Team, which makes this an amazing opportunity for us as well.”
Rissi started his playing career in the Fluminense FC youth system before joining Cruzeiro in 2014. While with Cruzeiro U20’s, Rissi won a national championship, and the Supercopa do Brasil. The defender was an unused substitute for five matches with the Cruzeiro senior team in 2018. The Sao Paulo native received seven call-ups for the Brazilian National Team U15 and U16 squads.
Austin Bold FC 2020 Roster as of March 24, 2020:
GOALKEEPER (2): Ryan Thompson, Diego Restrepo
DEFENDERS (10): Edson Braafheid, Brecc Evans, Fabien Garcia, Ismaila Jome, Amobi Okugo, Sean McFarlane, Gustavo Rissi, Josue Soto, Jermaine Taylor, Jorge Troncoso
MIDFIELDERS (4): Xavier Baez, Thomas de Villardi, Sonny Guadarrama, Valeri Saramutin
FORWARDS (6): Roberto Avila, Billy Forbes, Andre Lima, Kleber Giacomazzi, Kris Tyrpak, Ema Twumasi