by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, Missouri (July 10, 2020) – The St. Louis Ambush have extended goalkeeper Paulo Nascimento for five more years, visa pending, keeping him in an Ambush uniform through the 2024-25 season, the team announced today. Per league and team policies, no additional details of the deal were disclosed.

Paulo, who plays under his first name only, joined the Ambush in 2017 and has become known for his acrobatic saves and durability in goal. He earned All-MASL Honorable Mention each of the last two seasons.

Paulo is a native of Natal, a city in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in northeastern Brazil. Prior to joining the Ambush, he enjoyed a stellar career of over ten years in Bralilian futsal. Paulo has appeared in 60 games in this three seasons with the Ambush, compiling a 21-39 win-loss record with a 6.77 goals against average and a .661 save percentage. 

Ambush Head Coach Hewerton said, “When we brought Paulo here from Brazil, we knew of his athleticism and skill. He adapted quickly to the American arena soccer game and we’re thrilled to have him for the next five years.” Ambush General Manager Jeff Locker said, “Paulo has not disappointed in goal. As our team continues to bolster the roster around him with quality players, I see him only getting better.”