NameJúnior de Almeida Júnior
Date of Birth3.10.1989 (32)
BirthplaceTaboão da Serra, Brazil
Position DetailCentral Midfielder
HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred and signed from Corinthians on January 13, 2020.
Junior Urso is a central midfielder who possesses great vision and abilities on the ball and made an immediate impact on the Lions roster in 2020
OUTSIDE MLS: The midfielder joined the Lions from Brazilian Série A side Corinthians, where he spent the entirety of the 2019 season. In that span, Urso appeared in 48 matches for the Timão across all competitions, scoring five goals while helping lead the team to a Campeonato Paulista title. Prior to his time with Corinthians, Urso spent nearly five seasons in the Chinese Super League. He spent his first two years in China as a member of Shandong Luneng from 2014-16, appearing in 64 matches and scoring 14 goals before going on loan to Atlético Mineiro of Brazil’s Série A for the 2016 season. While with Atlético, he registered 48 appearances while netting seven goals. Urso finished his time in China with Guangzhou R&F, where he moved in 2017. In two years with the club, he tallied 46 caps, scoring eight goals before departing following the 2018 season. The Taboão da Serra native began his career in his home nation with Santo André in 2009 before transferring to Ituano the following year. In 2011 his federative rights were purchased by Avaí and subsequently loaned to Paraná Clube before he was called back for Série A play. Following the 2011 season, he joined fellow top-flight club Coritiba, where he totaled 90 appearances and scored four goals in two seasons from 2012-13.