PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Soon to be Lake Erie College graduate Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) will be continuing his career as a soccer player after signing a professional contract with the Union05 Käl Téiteng Football Club in Luxembourg.
After a 10 day try-out with Union05 Käl Téiteng, the team reached a three-year contract with the Storm's all-league goalkeeper. His contract has an out clause that will allow him to transfer to a bigger European clubs throughout the deal.
Carreira leaves Lake Erie as arguably the most decorated player in program history. A two-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) first team goalie, Carreira finished second in the GLIAC with 98 saves in 2011. In 2010, he led NCAA Division II with 168 saves. Carreira was in the goal for two shutouts in 2011 and even assisted a key goal against Northwood in a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 16. Against Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 14, he made his 280th career save to break the Lake Erie record.
"I am very proud of Ricky's achievements and success," said Lake Erie Head Coach Davie Carmichael. "He has shown continual improvements in his game during his time here at Lake Erie and I know he is ready for this next challenge. He is a well coached goalkeeper and has the technical attributes displayed by most European goalkeepers."
"I believe his physical talents set him apart and will certainly make him an attractive export to European clubs," Carmichael continued. "Ricky loves the game, works tirelessly every day and now has this fantastic opportunity to live out his childhood dream. We are very happy for him and wish Ricky the best of luck in his future professional soccer career."
Union05 Käl Téiteng Football Club, who play in the commune of Kayl in south-west of Luxembourg, were crowned the 2010/-1 Champions in the League of Honor and were promoted to play in the top professional league, the National Division-BGL League for the first time in their history in the 2011-12 season and will remain in the National Division-BGL League next season.
Prior to reporting to pre-season camp on July 1st, Carreira plans to learn Luxembourgish, the national language of Luxembourg. Carreira, a dual citizen of Canada and Portugal, is already fluent in Portugese.
Before the opportunity to play professional arose, Carreria intended to play for the newly-formed AFC Cleveland this Summer and return to Lake Erie in the fall to pursue a master's degree while using his final year of eligibility.