HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from HNK Rijeka and signed using Targeted Allocation Money on March 21, 2019.
Heber is a very mobile and lively center forward who has pace to run in behind the defense, but also has the ability to drop back and link with our midfield players. He has a really good nose for the goal and can score in many different ways.
OUTSIDE MLS: Heber rose through the youth ranks at Figueirense in his native Brazil where he graduated through to the first-team and made 28 domestic league appearances. Prior to his time in Croatia, Heber played in the Armenian Premier League for Alashkert where he earned the title of top goalscorer for the 2015/2016 season. That earned him a move to NK Slaven Belupo where he scored 10 goals in 30 appearances, prompting the move to Rijeka. NYCFC’s new striker joined HNK Rijeka in 2017 and scored 25 goals in 38 appearances for the club. In the 2017/18 season, Heber won the “SN Yellow Shirt Award,” the highest honor given to a Croatian first division player, after a campaign which saw him play and score in the UEFA Champions League qualifying stages. The Brazilian also led Rijeka to the UEFA Europa League group stages that same season.