José Roberto Gomes Santana
José Roberto Gomes Santana, commonly known as Zé Roberto (born September 13, 1978 in Pastos Bons) is an association footballer who currently plays for the San Diego Sockers in the Major Arena Soccer League.
|Full name||José Roberto Gomes Santana|
|Date of birth||September 13, 1978|
|Place of birth||Pastos Bons, Brazil|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|San Diego Sockers|
|1998–2000||Tuna Luso Brasileira|
|1998||→ Palmeiras (loan)|
|1999||→ Corinthians (loan)|
|1999||→ Seà San Carlese (loan)|
|2000–2001||Harrisburg Heat (indoor)||33||(3)|
|2002–2003||Harrisburg Heat (indoor)||28||(11)|
|2003–2005||Philadelphia KiXX (indoor)||56||(19)|
|2007–2008||Detroit Ignition (indoor)||29||(7)|
|2009–||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||154||(26)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 26, 2019|
Zé Roberto began his career in his native Brazil, where he played with several clubs in the lower divisions. In 2002, he went abroad to North America to sign with the Hershey Wildcats of the A-League. After the Wildcats folded, Zé Roberto was signed by the Montreal Impact in 2002. In Montreal he played an important role that would transform the Impact into a league powerhouse that would eventually dominate the league for latter part of the decade. His accolades during his tenure with Montreal include the League Championship, Regular-Season Championship, and the Voyageurs Cup. In January, 2010 he was ranked 22nd in the USL First Division Top 25 of the Decade, which announced a list of the best and most influential players of the previous decade.
Midway through the 2007 season, Zé Roberto was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 26, 2007 along with Alen Marcina for Joey Gjertsen and David Testo. On April 9, 2008, Ze Roberto, Luke Kreamalmeyer and Leslie Fitzpatrick were signed by the Rochester Rhinos for the 2008 season.
- "USL-1 Top 25 of the Decade". USLsoccer.com. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
- "CAPS ACQUIRE ZE ROBERTO AND MARCINA". Whitecapsfc.com. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Rhinos bolster squad with three". USLsoccer.com. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Rochester signs Sanders Rhinos also re-sign Roberto". USLsoccer.com. Retrieved January 26, 2010.