Former U.S. international John DeBrito dies at the age of 51

Former U.S. international John DeBrito, who played in MLS for five teams over six seasons at the start of the league, passed away on Wednesday.

DeBrito, a native of Cape Verde, was 51. No cause of death was announced.

He was a two-time All-American at Division II Southern Connecticut State, where he played four seasons, leading the Owls to the 1987 Division II title with both goals in a 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge and playing on the 1990 championship team.

Two months later, DeBrito debuted for the USA in a 1-0 loss at Bermuda in Bob Gansler's last game as head coach. He went on to earn six caps in 1991 and 1992.

DeBrito bounced around teams in the indoor NPSL, New England-based Luso-American Soccer Association, USISL and A-League before joining the New England Revolution for MLS's launch in 1996. DeBrito later played for the MetroStars, Kansas City Wizards, Columbus Crew and Dallas Burn.

His older brother, Pedro, a star at the University of Connecticut, died in a car accident at the age of 55 in 2014.

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