[OBITUARY] Pedro DeBrito
, one of the top players just as the college game started to take off in the early 1980s, died on
Saturday in Miami, Fla., of injuries resulting from an automobile accident he was involved two days earlier. DeBrito, who starred at the University of Connecticut, played for Team America in the NASL
in 1983 and made one appearance for the USA. He was 55 when he died.
DeBrito's Facebook page included
expressions of sympathy.
DeBrito was born in the Cape Verde Islands and moved to Connecticut at the age of 15. His 43 goals rank fourth all-time at UConn, while his 59 assists are a UConn record. He starred on the
Huskies' 1981 national championship team.
DeBrito was the 1982 NASL Rookie of the Year award and moved to Washington-based Team America in 1983. He played for the New York Cosmos in 1984,
the last season of the NASL, before moving indoors with the Dallas Sidekicks and Wichita Wings.
His one cap for the USA came in April 1983 against Haiti. His younger brother, John DeBrito
, earned six caps for the USA in 1991-92.