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Boston City names De Souza as new head coach for 2020

MEDFORD — Following a long offseason of wondering just who would head up Boston City FC for the 2020 NPSL season, the Lions have answered the question.

On Saturday, BCFC named former defensive stalwart Gabriel de Souza as the third full-time head coach in the club’s history.

The club made the announcement in a Facebook post late Saturday afternoon.

De Souza takes over for interim co-coaches Cesar Deossa and Roberto Mattingly, who took over midway through the 2019 season after Chelsea native Michael Bustamente, who was hired last year in place of Palhihna, was relieved of his duties.

De Souza, who came to the United States from his native Brazil following stints at Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians Jrs, played for Boston City during its first three seasons of competition in the NPSL. He was an All-NPSL First Team selection in 2016, where he logged nearly 1,300 minutes of action in his debut season, scoring the lone goal in BCFC’s first-ever win, a 1-0 win over Seacoast United.

His 2017 season was impacted by an injury suffered in training, but when available was an automatic starter in Palhinha’s XI.

De Souza, who turns 30 in March, was named captain of the squad in 2018.

His 2,977 minutes played ranks second in the club’s history. He scored three goals and registered two assists, primarily at center half.

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