New York City FC have completed the signing of forward Gabriel Pereira from Brazilian Serie A side Corinthians, the club announced Thursday.
The 20-year-old joins the reigning MLS Cup champions via the league's U-22 Initiative on a contract through 2026 with an option for 2027.
“In Gabriel, we’re acquiring a very talented and highly regarded prospect that we know will bring a new attacking dimension to our team," NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a club press release.
"Gabriel is a quick, skillful, and dynamic left-footed winger that can take on opponents in 1-v-1 situations. His first-team appearances for a club the size of Corinthians at such a young age highlight how talented he is.”
Primarily a right-winger who likes to cut inside onto his left foot, Pereira hit two goals and three assists in 48 appearances for Corinthians across all competitions, even turning out four times in the Copa Sudamericana.
In New York, he'll link up with fellow Brazilian talents Talles Magno and Thiago Andrade, as well as Thiago Martins and Heber.
“I know I still have a lot to improve, but I know NYCFC and City Football Group has an incredible record of developing and helping players to grow,” Pereira said. “I look forward to continuing to develop as a player and professional on and off the field and hope I can contribute to the team’s success this year.”
Despite his tender age and relative lack of experience, Pereira should get plenty of chances to impress as he helps NYCFC offset the losses of Jesus Medina and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi over the winter.
NYCFC have taken just four points from their opening three games of the 2022 MLS season but do have a Concacaf Champions League semi-final to look forward to after winning their last-eight tie against Comunicaciones.