Felipe Campanholi Martins

Felipe Campanholi Martins, commonly known as Felipe (born 30 September 1990)[1] is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for D.C. United of Major League Soccer.

Felipe in 2015
Personal information
Full name Felipe Campanholi Martins
Date of birth (1990-09-30) 30 September 1990
Place of birth Engenheiro Beltrão, Brazil
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 18
Youth career
Atlético Catarinense-Arangua SC
Campo Grande
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Padova 4 (0)
2009 FC Winterthur 10 (2)
2009–2011 FC Lugano 50 (7)
2011FC Wohlen (loan) 15 (2)
2012–2014 Montreal Impact 93 (12)
2015–2017 New York Red Bulls 100 (10)
2018–2019 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 47 (2)
2019– D.C. United 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 October 2019



After beginning his career with small clubs in Rio de Janeiro, Felipe signed with Italian club Padova in 2008. However, because of a minor heart defect, he was released.[2] After expressing an interest to play in England, Felipe had a successful trial with AFC Bournemouth which played in League One during the 2007-2008 season, and was offered a contract. Eddie Howe, then manager of Bournemouth said, "He's got great talent and great feet and can certainly cross a ball. I've taken a long-term view and you've got to look to the future".

Despite the strong interest from Bournemouth, Felipe opted to join FC Winterthur in Switzerland in January 2009.[3] His form with Winterthur brought Felipe to the attention of bigger Swiss clubs. At the end of the season, he joined FC Lugano and remained at the club for three seasons, scoring a total of seven goals in 50 games. In 2011, he was loaned out to FC Wohlen, where he tallied two goals in 15 games.

Montreal Impact

Felipe signed with expansion side Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer on 21 December 2011.[4] In his first season with Montreal he appeared in 30 league games scoring 4 goals and led the Impact with 10 assists. His first MLS goal came in a 2–0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on 5 May 2012. He would miss the final two matches of the season due to surgery for a sports related hernia.[5] Felipe had a solid 2013 season in which he appeared in 32 league matches scoring 5 goals and 8 assists. He helped the club capture the 2013 Canadian Championship scoring Montreal's first goal in a 2-2 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps on 29 May 2013.[6] Felipe made his CONCACAF Champions League debut in August and featured in three of Montreal's group stage matches. In September 2013, Felipe was listed 13th in the MLS' 24 under 24 series, which ranked the league's top young players.[7] Felipe continued his fine play for Montreal during the 2014 season as he appeared in 31 league matches scoring 3 goals and 6 assists. His goal in second half stoppage time of the second leg of the 2014 Canadian Championship final against Toronto FC at Stade Saputo on 4 June 2014 gave Montreal a 2-1 aggregate victory and a second consecutive Canadian Championship.[8] Felipe was a part of the Impact squad that made the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League Finals but only participated in the group stage as he was traded to the New York Red Bulls before the knock-out rounds.

New York Red Bulls

On 27 January 2015 it was announced that Felipe had been traded to New York Red Bulls along with the top spot in the allocation order from the Montreal Impact, in exchange for Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo, and an international player spot.[9] Felipe reunited with his former Montreal manager, Jesse Marsch. The following day New York used the newly acquired top allocation ranking to sign midfielder Sacha Kljestan.[10] Felipe made his debut for New York on 8 March 2015 appearing as a starter in a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City.[11] On 26 April 2015 Felipe scored his first goal for New York in a 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy.[12] On 9 August 2015 Felipe scored his second goal of the season in a 2–0 derby victory over New York City FC.[13] On 20 September 2015 Felipe opened the scoring for New York with a 40-yard blast in a 2–0 victory over Portland Timbers.[14] Felipe finished the season playing in every game during the Red Bulls campaign, including 34 league matches, 3 Open Cup matches and 4 MLS Cup matches. His consistent play in the midfield with partners, Sacha Kljestan and Dax McCarty lead New York to their second Supporters' Shield in three years.[15]

On 19 March 2016, Felipe helped New York to a come from behind victory over Houston Dynamo, scoring the equalizing goal in the 78th minute on a strike from 20 yards out and netting the game winner on a free kick minutes later in the 4-3 victory.[16] Three days later, Felipe was named as the MLS Player of the Week for his performance.[17] On 29 April 2016, Felipe helped New York to a 4-0 victory against FC Dallas scoring his third goal of the season and providing an assist.[18] Felipe scored his fourth of the season on 13 July 2016 in a 2-0 victory over Orlando City SC.[19] Felipe was named to the CONCACAF Champions League round one team of the week for his performance against Antigua GFC on 3 August.[20]

On 19 July 2017, Felipe scored his first goal of the season for New York in a 5-1 victory over San Jose Earthquakes.[21]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

On 2 March 2018 it was announced that Felipe had been traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, along with $500,000 in Transfer Allocation Money (TAM) and an international roster spot, in exchange for Tim Parker.[22]

D.C. United

On 6 August 2019, Felipe was traded to D.C. United in exchange for $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot.[23] He debuted for DC United in a 2–1 win against the LA Galaxy on August 11, 2019.[24]


Felipe has not represented Brazil, his country of birth, at any level. Felipe was reportedly considering representing Canada internationally and applied for permanent residency, but without gaining full citizenship he could not appear for the Canadian national team.[25][26]

Career statistics

As of 22 February 2018
Club Season League Domestic Cup [27] League Cup [28] Continental Total
Calcio Padova 2008–09 4010000050
Total 4010000050
FC Winterthur 2008–09 102000000102
Total 102000000102
FC Lugano 2009–10 275301000315
2010–11 232310000263
Total 507611000578
FC Wohlen (loan) 2011–12 152310000183
Total 152310000183
Montreal Impact 2012 304200000324
2013 325211030386
2014 313310030374
Total 931272106010714
New York Red Bulls 2015 343304000413
2016 335102040405
2017 332503020432
2018 0000001010
Total 1001090907012510
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2018 291100000301
Career total 3013427411013035238


Montreal Impact

New York Red Bulls


  1. "Felipe". MLSsoccer.com. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. Campanholi set to sign - bournemouth.vitalfootball.co.uk
  3. Cherries miss out on Campanholi - bournemouth.vitalfootball.co.uk
  4. Montreal bolster midfield with Brazilian Felipe - mlssoccer.com
  5. "Felipe Martins to undergo surgery: His 2012 MLS season is over". MountRoyalSoccer.com.
  6. Montreal capture Canadian Championship on away goals - mlssoccer.com
  7. "24 Under 24: #13 Felipe Martins, Montreal Impact". MLSSoccer.com.
  8. Montreal claim 2014 title on Felipe goal - mlssoccer.com
  9. Red Bulls trade for Felipe and top spot in allocation order - newyorkredbulls.com
  10. Red Bulls sign Kljstan - newyorkredbulls.com
  11. "RBNY earn hard-fought point on the road vs. Sporting Kansas City". newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  12. "Felipe goal gives Red Bulls hard-fought 1-1 draw vs. LA". newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  13. "New York City FC's Lampard-Pirlo-Villa axis falls to feisty Red Bulls". The Guardian. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  14. "Match Recap: Portland Timber 0 New York Red Bulls 2". newyorkredbulls.com. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  15. "New York Red Bulls win 2015 MLS Supporters' Shield". MLSSoccer.com.
  16. "MATCH RECAP: New York Red Bulls 4, Houston Dynamo 3". newyorkredbulls.com. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  17. "New York Red Bulls' Felipe voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 3". MLSSoccer.com.
  18. "New York Red Bulls 4, FC Dallas 0: 2016 MLS Match Recap". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  19. Panizo, Franco. "New York Red Bulls 2, Orlando City SC 0". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  20. "New York Red Bulls' Felipe Martins and Gonzalo Veron make 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League Team of Round 1". OnceAMetro.com.
  21. "New York Red Bulls 5, San Jose Earthquakes 1 - 2017 MLS Match Recap". mlssoccer.com.
  22. "Whitecaps FC acquire Felipe, $500,000, and an international roster spot from Red Bulls in exchange for Tim Parker". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  23. "Vancouver Whitecaps trade veteran midfielder Felipe to DC United | MLSsoccer.com".
  24. "DC United vs. LA Galaxy". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  25. Olivier Tremblay (11 September 2013). "A solution for Canada's national team? Montreal Impact playmaker Felipe Martins says "Call me!"". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  26. Gavin Day (11 September 2013). "Canada's Benito Floro: If Camilo, Gershon Koffie, Felipe, Hassoun Camara are serious, I'm listening". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  27. Includes: Swiss Cup, Canadian Championship, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  28. Includes: Swiss Super League/Challenge League playoffs, MLS Cup Playoffs
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