In the case of Brazilian imports that have made their mark on MLS, there is no shortage of players to choose from.
Paulo Nagamura, Felipe and Juninho all springs to mind as direct candidates for a short list of the best Brazilian players ever to win the league. And that doesn’t include the great Kaká, or ex D.C. United forward Luciano Emilio, who was the only compatriot to take home the league MVP award when he won the Golden Boot after scoring 20 goals in 2007.
This trend seems to continue, with Seattle Sounders make a talented midfielder Joao Paulo acquisition of their latest offseason and defensive midfielder Thiago Santos join the central defender in Bressan FC Dallas as two recent examples. For Bressan, who joined reporters for a video call on Tuesday, the impetus behind his move to Dallas was the communication he had with former FCD wing-back Marquinhos Pedroso, who had played with him in Brazil.
After choosing Pedroso’s brain about the league and the city, Bressan said he believed the league was the next logical step in his career, adding that there was a slight reversal of roles when Santos contacted him with similar questions before signing a contract with FC Dallas before the 2020 season.
“I think it’s because the league is growing,” Bressan said. “The game was a high level and of course when a player comes to the US, like when Thiago left, he asked me about football in the US and the league. This is a very good league to compete in. The country, to live, it’s really good, people. Football in Brazil, this is our love, but in the US people watch more than ever before. “
For Bressan individually, the MLS campaign debuted in 2019 was a solid campaign for FC Dallas, starting 12 of 18 appearances, playing 1,119 minutes and taking goals and assists. The 27-year-old said on Tuesday that he felt more comfortable in his new country, partly because of his long hours of learning and honing his English.
Hoping that the 2020 season will mark the next step forward in assimilation to the league was postponed due to league delays, but Bressan said after playing resumed, he felt as if he would be able to become more impactful.
“ amazing to me, my first year in MLS and in the US, “said Bressan.” This is a very good team to play and a very beautiful city to live in. This league is different from what I played in Brazil, so I’m trying to improve myself to do the best for the team and I think this year maybe I can do more because now I can talk to the players in the dressing room. , so for me it’s very important because soccer is not just about playing but you have to be friends with [your teammates] so I tried to improve myself to do my best.
“It’s a little different, in the US the game might be more physical and faster,” he added. “In Brazil, the game is slower, but maybe a little more technical. But for me who has changed in MLS, there are a lot of players who come here, and very good American players. I think the league in 2-3 years might be able to with the league Europe for me because it’s a very good league to play. “
As for what he did in quarantine, Bressan said his life became much busier when he and his wife welcomed their first daughter to the family four days ago and that he had made contact with his friends in Brazil, who had been hit hard by the COVID crisis- 19
“This is a difficult situation, not only in the US but also in Brazil, there are many cases there.” she says. “It’s complicated because my wife is pregnant and now my baby was born four days ago. We are really happy but this is a situation where you have to be careful and try your best to keep my family safe and of course friends I’m back in Brazil. “
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