HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Austria Wien and signed through 2021 with a club option for 2022 using Targeted Allocation Money on Jan. 25, 2019.
Venuto is a very fast and dynamic winger who has a lot of energy in his game. He always looks to attack, take players on, and he has an incredible work ethic on both sides of the ball. He is a player who left Brazil when he was young and was able to adapt quickly in Europe.
OUTSIDE MLS: Venuto made his professional debut in 2012 in his native country with Red Bull Brasil, playing two seasons in the Campeonato Paulista Série A2, before moving to Germany to join the RB Leipzig U-19 side. He transferred to Austria to play for 2. Liga club FC Liefering in 2014, quickly earning himself a loan to top-flight club SV Grödig, a move that was made permanent in the following year. After leading SV Grödig in scoring with seven goals and two assists in 20 starts in the first half of the 2015-16 Bundesliga season, Venuto transferred to Austria Wien in January 2016. In his three years with Die Veilchen, he would compile 66 starts and 87 appearances, scoring 14 goals including UEFA Europa League and Austrian Cup competition.