RSL: Traded by the San Jose Earthquakes for 2nd round pick in 2010 SuperDraft and conditional selection in 2011 in MLS SuperDraft on 7/15/09
The journey for Pablo Campos to the Wasatch Front was a long and winding trip, one that began in his native Brazil and took him through stops in Oklahoma, California, Sweden, and then back to the Sunshine State. But no matter where he went it seemed that Real Salt Lake had its eye on the towering target man, as he caught the attention of RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis when the Claret-and-Cobalt suited up against the budding striker during the 2007 preseason when he was a member of the PDL’s Fresno Fuego. After becoming the sideline boss of RSL, Kreis kept tabs on the Brazilian, eventually bringing forward on board via a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes in July of ‘09 that followed on the heels of Campos’ brief stint in the Swedish top flight in 2008.
While obviously a beast in the air thanks to his 6’3” frame, Campos is no one-trick pony, as he’s proven quite adept with the ball at his feet, providing a different dimension to the RSL attack up top. Campos put the full skill set on display late last August, opening the scoring in a 4-0 win over Chivas USA on the 26th with a downward header before sweeping one in with his right foot that gave RSL the lone goal in a 1-0 road win at Kansas City three days later. With the departure of Yura Movsisyan and more games on the schedule, fans will be able to see more of what Kreis saw so long ago in the lanky striker in 2010.
2009: Ended first MLS campaign with four goals and five assists across 25 games (14 starts) between Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes … Ranked 4th in MLS with 0.45 assists/gm (minimum 5 assists) … After San Jose won his player rights through a weighted lottery in early February, went on to appear in 14 contests (9 starts) while scoring a pair of goals and assists for the ‘Quakes before being sent to Real Salt Lake … Made MLS debut on 3/21 v. NE with 7 min. appearance off the bench in a 0-1 defeat … Made first MLS start on 4/11 v. CHI (45 min.) and scored first MLS goal a week later on 4/18 v. LA (5’) … Tallied second MLS goal from the penalty spot on 6/20 v. LA at Oakland Coliseum, starting the scoring six minutes into a 2-1 ‘Quakes victory … His assist on Johnson’s 54’ game-winner marked his first professional helper … Notched his second assist in as many appearances on 7/03 @ RSL, helping on Alvarez’s 63’ goal in the 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium … Acquired via trade from San Jose on 7/15 in exchange for a 2nd Round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional 2011 selection … Equaled his offensive output for his new side, notching two goals and three helpers in 11 contests (5 starts) and just 400 minutes of action … Suited up and played for the first time in an RSL uniform on 7/18 @ CLB, just 3 days after arriving to the team … Nearly scored a debut goal within the first minute of the second half and registered his first assist with his new squad (Cox, 76’) in the 1-3 defeat at Crew Stadium … Became first player in RSL history to notch GWG in back-to-back games on 8/26 v. CHV and 8/29 @ KC, matches that also marked his first two starts in an RSL uniform … Had come off the bench in 5 of 6 previous games with his new squad … Became fourth RSL player this season to record a multiple-assist game with his pair of helpers on 9/19 @ HOU … Entered at the halftime break on 10/07 v. CD Guadalajara (Chivas) (MEX) and played the final 45 minutes in the 1-1 friendly draw at Rio Tinto Stadium … Named to the 18-man gameday roster for each of RSL’s four MLS Cup Playoff contests, but did not see the field during the postseason.
International Club Career
2008: GAIS Göteborg – Swedish Allsvenskan (First Division): Made eight appearances while with GAIS in their 2008-2009 campaign after signing with the squad in July 2008 … Made his debut with the Makrillarna on 9/24/08 as a substitute against Gefle and made his first start for the side two weeks later Norrköping.
College / Semi-pro Career
Campos’ collegiate accolades include scoring 17 goals and tallying nine assists for Fresno Pacific University en route to earning the 2007 NSCAA/adidas NAIA Men's All-American Award, which followed a successful stint at Oklahoma Baptist University from 2005-06 … Excelled as a member of the Premier Development League’s (PDL) Fresno Fuego, scoring 32 times in 25 appearances across the summers of 2007-08 … Scored 18 goals in 15 appearances for the Fuego in 2007, which earned him the PDL’s scoring title and League MVP award … His breakout ’07 season helped the Fuego to a 10-4-2 record, the Southwest Division regular season title, the Western Conference playoff crown and a spot in the PDL National Semifinals … Scored GWG in 100’ of Western Conference Semifinal win (4-1) over Tacoma Tide and also tallied twice in a 3-0 triumph over the BYU Cougars in the Western Conference Championship … Followed that performance by bagging another 14 goals in 10 games for Fresno in PDL play in 2008, helping the Fuego to a 9-5-2 mark and a second straight PDL postseason berth.
Club / Youth
Began his career in the Brazilian youth system for the team Guarani, where he signed a contract at the young age of 14 and played for three years (1997-2000) … Prior to moving to the United States, Campos played for the youth team of Rio de Janeiro-based side Botafogo from 2000-2002.