Men's Soccer



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Diogo de Almeida
Diogo de Almeida

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Piracicaba, Brazil

High School:
Oakridge School

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 175

Position:
Defender

Experience:
3L

Number:
7


MLS: Selected 24th overall (2nd round, 5th pick) by Real Salt Lake in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

2011 (Sr.): Started 20 games... Tied for third on the team in goals (4) and was fourth in points (8)... Average 92.5 minutes per game; played 1850 minutes on the year... Scored the game-winning goal 10/21 against Missouri State... Tallied the overtime game-winning goal 10/16 vs. FIU... Netted a goal 10/12 at South Carolina... Scored a goal 10/5 at Tulsa.

2010 (Jr.): Played in 19 games, starting 18... Made switch from midfield to defense... Played 1638 minutes on the season.

2009 (So.): Played in 13 games, starting four... Made switch from forward to midfield... Had an assist 9/30 against Centenary... Played the entire 90 minutes against Memphis on 10/4... Played 451 minutes on the season.

2008 (Fr.): Played in all 18 games, starting four... Was second on the team in goals (5)... Scored twice 10/12 against Central Arkansas... Netted both of SMU's goals in a 2-0 win at UAB... Collected an assist 10/25 at UCF... Added a helper 11/2 against Kentucky.

Prior to SMU: Two-year letterwinner at Oakridge School in Arlington... Served as team captain in his senior year... Named first-team All-Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC)... Played for the Dallas Texans '90 club team... Helped lead Texans to 2007 Disney Showcase championship... Was the leading scorer at the Sulamericano-Tiete.

Personal: Would like to switch places for a day with Brazilian soccer star Kaká... Lists on his guest list for a fantasy dinner five international soccer stars: Pelé, Kaká, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo... Favorite place to visit is Italy... Favorite food to eat is rice and beans... Favorite non-soccer athlete is the late Brazilian Grand Prix driver Ayrton Senna.

Goals:
10/21/2011 vs. Missouri State (60')
10/16/2011 vs. FIU (94')
10/12/2011 at South Carolina (17')
10/5/2011 at Tulsa (26')
10/22/2008 at UAB (85')
10/22/2008 at UAB (84')
10/12/2008 vs. Central Arkansas (83')
10/12/2008 vs. Central Arkansas (80')
9/12/2008 vs. George Mason (81')

Awards:
2011 NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-America First Team
2011 NSCAA Midwest Region First Team
2011 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
2011 First Team All-Conference USA
2011 Conference USA All-Academic Team
C-USA Tournament Defensive MVP (Nov. 9-13, 2011)
C-USA All-Tournament Team (Nov. 9-13, 2011)
TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Nov. 7-13, 2011)
C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 17-23, 2011)
College Soccer News Team of the Week (Oct. 17-23, 2011)
2010 CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-America District VI Team
2008 All-Conference Freshman Team

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