Sacramento Republic FC has signed defender Ferrety Sousa, who this past season captained Union Omaha as the side won the 2021 USL League One title. | Photo courtesy Union Omaha
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento Republic FC announced on Tuesday the club had signed defender Ferrety Sousa for the 2022 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Ferrety is an experienced defender that grew into a leadership role the past two seasons in Omaha,” said Republic FC President and General Manager Todd Dunivant. “He brings a winning mentality to the club and will be another strong veteran presence in our locker room.”
Sousa joins Republic FC after two seasons with Union Omaha, where he helped the club reach the USL League One Final in its inaugural season and claim the title the following season. In 2021, he netted one goal and tallied one assist, serving as captain in all but two matches. He logged just over 2,300 minutes on the league’s top defense, as Los Buhos conceded only 23 goals, while individually Sousa posted an 80 percent passing accuracy rate and recorded 49 interceptions – good for second on the roster.
The 31-year-old Sousa was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he competed for the North Carolina FC Academy and its U-23 squad in 2011 before making his professional debut in 2012 for French club FCM Aubervilliers in Championnat National 2, the fourth tier of French football. He returned to the U.S. in 2013, featuring primarily for the Atlanta Silverbacks, with a stint in the Championship for Wilmington Hammerheads FC in 2016, where he played under current Republic FC Head Coach Mark Briggs. He returned to the Championship in 2019 with Las Vegas Lights FC, where he made 14 appearances and scored one goal before making the move to Omaha for its inaugural season in League One in 2020.