Alumni Soccer Players Go Pro
Three Sailfish alumni, Lucas Coutinho, Mike O’Sullivan and Neil Slooves signed professional soccer deals after graduating this past May. Head Men’s Soccer Coach Brian McMahon says he is proud of his players and looks forward to seeing them succeed.
Coutinho, originally from Recife, Brazil, signed with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The NASL is sanctioned by U.S. Soccer as the Division II league under Major League Soccer (MLS). While he was a member of the Sailfish, Coutinho was named to a combined four All-America teams and four All-South Region First Teams.
“I want to thank God first and foremost, without Him none of this would be possible,” says Coutinho. “I also want to thank my agents, the Palm Beach Atlantic staff, and my PBA teammates.”
“While many will see from the outside his athletic ability and accomplishments, the most impressive thing to me is how humble he is for everything he has been given,” says McMahon.
O’Sullivan, an Orlando native, signed with The Jacksonville Armada FC of the NASL. He will make his debut with the Armada FC during the 2017 campaign as a center back. As a Sailfish, O'Sullivan helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA South Region Championship in 2015.
“Michael has grown tremendously both on and off the field over the last three seasons and I look forward to see what the future holds for him,” says McMahon.
Slooves, born and raised in Scotland, signed on to play professionally in Iceland, joining UMF Tindastóll of Icelandic Second Division. Slooves plays alongside former PBA men's soccer player Kenny Hogg with Tindastóll. As the Sailfish competed in their first tournament in the Sunshine State Conference, Slooves was named to the SSC All-Tournament team in 2016.
"My experience at PBA has helped me to prepare for a professional environment with the full time nature of the soccer program and dedication that is required when being a member of the soccer team at PBA, both on and off the field," says Slooves.
Slooves already participated in one match for Tindastóll who is 0-1-2 on the season.