Auro Alvaro da Cruz Junior (born 23 January 1996), simply known as Auro, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Canadian side Toronto FC.[1][2]

Personal information
Full name Auro Alvaro da Cruz Junior
Date of birth (1996-01-23) 23 January 1996
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 96
Youth career
2010–2016 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 São Paulo 29 (0)
2016Linense (loan) 1 (0)
2017América Mineiro (loan) 0 (0)
2018Toronto FC (loan) 18 (0)
2019– Toronto FC 23 (0)
National team
2013 Brazil U17 14 (0)
2014 Brazil U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 12, 2019

Club career

Auro began his club career with São Paulo in 2014, where he made a combined 34 appearances in Brazil's Serie A and the Campeonato Paulista over three seasons. He later spent time on loan at Clube Atlético Linense in 2016, and with América Mineiro in 2017, making a total of 14 appearances between Brazil's Serie B, Primeira Liga and Mineiro 1 competitions with the latter side. He subsequently returned to São Paulo in 2018, after his loan spell had ended.[3]

On 13 February 2018, it was announced that Auro had been signed on loan by MLS side Toronto FC with an option to buy.[4] He made his club debut on 20 February 2018, in a 2–0 away win against the Colorado Rapids in the first leg of their round of 16 CONCACAF Champions League tie.[5] In his debut season with the club, Auro made 28 appearances across all competitions, registering five assists.[6]

On 17 December 2018, Toronto opted to purchase Auro permanently from São Paulo.[6] In 2019, he was determined to be the best right-back in the league according to Opta advanced statistics. [7]

International career

At international level, Auro has represented Brazil at U-17 and U-20 level.[3]

Style of play

A versatile defender, Auro is usually deployed as a right-back, but is capable of playing on either flank.[4] Regarding Auro's playing style, Tim Bezbatchenko – Toronto FC's senior vice-president of soccer operations and general manager – said in 2018 that he is "...a very capable two-way player and an important part of our team. Auro is an attacking threat on the wing who also puts in solid defensive work."[8]

Career statistics

As of match played on 19 October 2019.
São Paulo2014Série A120002[lower-alpha 1]000140
2015Série A11000006[lower-alpha 2]0170
2016Série A6000000060
Linense (loan)2016Série D10108[lower-alpha 2]0100
América Mineiro (loan)2017Série B002014[lower-alpha 3]0160
Toronto FC (loan)2018MLS180108[lower-alpha 4]01[lower-alpha 5]0280
Toronto FC2019MLS230002[lower-alpha 4]01[lower-alpha 6]0260
Career totals710401203001170
  1. Appearances in Copa Sudamericana.
  2. Appearances in Paulista A1.
  3. Appearances in Mineiro A1 and Primeira Liga.
  4. Appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League.
  5. Appearances in Campeones Cup.
  6. Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs.


Toronto FC[1]


  1. Auro at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  2. Grossi, Bruno (14 January 2017). "São Paulo acerta empréstimo de Auro para o América-MG por um ano". Lance! (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  3. "Auro". Toronto FC. Archived from the original on 2018-03-08. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  4. "Toronto FC sign defender Auro". Toronto FC. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. James Grossi (24 February 2018). "Newcomer Auro earns rave reviews following standout debut in Colorado". Toronto FC. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. "Toronto FC exercise option to buy Auro Jr". Toronto FC. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  7. "Opta MLS Best XI 2019: Do you agree with what the stats say?". Major League Soccer. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  8. Laura Armstrong (17 December 2018). "Toronto FC exercises its contract option on Auro". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  9. "Auro » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
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