Pompeu had the most successful dribbles and the second most key passes in MLS NEXT Pro
St. Louis CITY SC has announced today that the club has exercised the 2023 MLS contract option for Célio Pompeu. Pompeu also has team options for 2024 and 2025.
“Célio has made incredible strides as a player since arriving in St. Louis,” said Sporting Director Lutz Pfannenstiel. “His passion and quality on the field are attributes that we want to continue adding to this club. He has adapted well to our principles, and we are excited to see how he continues to develop over the next year.”
Pompeu, 22, made 24 appearances (20 starts) for CITY2 in the MLS NEXT Pro regular season, scoring five goals and providing five assists. The Fortaleza, Brazil native had the most successful dribbles (49) and the second most key passes (46) in the entire league.
In his first MLS NEXT Pro start, Pompeu recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-3 victory over Tacoma Defiance on April 10 at Hermann Stadium. The Virginia Commonwealth University product played a pivotal role in the team’s postseason run, which saw the club claim the MLS NEXT Pro Western Conference Championship. Pompeu tallied three goal contributions (two goals, one assist) in three playoff games.
TRANSACTION: St. Louis CITY SC picks up 2023 MLS contract option for winger Célio Pompeu.
Pronunciation: Sae-lee-oh Pom-pae-o
DOB: December 10, 1999 (22)
Birthplace: Fortaleza, Brazil
Weight: 163 lbs
Last Club: St. Louis CITY2
2023 St. Louis CITY SC ROSTER (19)
Goalkeeper (1) – Roman Bürki
Defenders (7) - Center back: Jonathan Bell, Kyle Hiebert, Joakim Nilsson, Tim Parker, Josh Yaro; Wing back: John Nelson, Selmir Pidro
Midfielders (9)- Winger: Rasmus Alm, Aziel Jackson, Tomáš Ostrák, Isak Jensen, Jared Stroud, Indiana Vassilev; Célio Pompeu Central Mid: Eduard Löwen, Akil Watts
Forward (2) – João Klauss, Nico Gioacchini
Designated Players (2) – Eduard Löwen, João Klauss