Pronunciation: Fair-eh-tee Soh-Sah
Position: Defender (#12)
Weight: 150 lbs
Born: December 25, 1990
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Nationality: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Previous Club: Union Omaha (USL League One)
How Acquired: Free agent signed on January 25, 2022
Sousa joins Republic FC after two seasons with Union Omaha, where he helped the club reach the USL League One Final in its inaugural season and claim the title the following season. In 2021, he netted one goal and tallied one assist, serving as captain in all but two matches. He logged just over 2,300 minutes on the league’s top defense – only conceding 23 goals, while completing 80% of his passing attempts as an anchor of the club’s backline with 49 interceptions – good for second on the roster.
Before featuring for Omaha, Sousa made his professional debut in 2012 for French club FCM Aubervilliers in Championnat National 2, the fourth tier of French football. He returned to the U.S. in 2013, featuring primarily for NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks, with a stint in Wilmington in 2016 where he played under Republic FC Head Coach Mark Briggs. He jumped to USL in 2019 with Las Vegas Lights FC, appearing 14 times and netted one score in the club’s second season.