Fernando A. Pereira
Fernando A. Pereira
Team: Soccer

Fernando A. "Fred" Pereira '77
Sport:
 Soccer
Year Inducted:
1982

Fernando A. “Fred” Pereira ’77 didn’t waste any time making an impression on the Brown soccer family. In the first scrimmage against a Brown varsity that went on to win the Ivy title, Pereira pumped home six goals for the Cubs. But then, the 5-9, 165-pound center forward had never had any trouble finding the cage. The native of Portugal scored 83 career goals at Ludlow (Massachusetts) High, including 50 as a senior. At Suffield Academy, he set a school record with six goals in one game. “Fred had dynamite in both legs,” says Coach Cliff Stevenson, “and his shot was so accurate that he could misskick and still consistently send the ball sizzling into he cage. He was the natural scorer a coach always hopes for but finds only once in every 10 seasons, he broke every brown scoring record (except goals per game), ending with 47 goals and 30 assists for 77 points. Even when he wasn’t scoring, Pereira helped the club because he was always double-teamed in the offensive zone. And what teams those were - an Ivy championship each season and a trip to the semi-finals of the Nationals at St. Louis in 1975. Pereira was All-American in his sophomore and senior seasons (second team as a junior) and was first team All-Ivy and All-New England three years running. He played on the U.S. Olympic team and the U.S. national team in 1977 and was the second played selected in the North American Soccer League draft. His professional debut was spectacular – a goal for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on his first shot and selection as Player of the Week, but a series of head injuries hindered his progress through subsequent stints with Colorado, Atlanta, and Phoenix. Showing that he still had the scoring touch last spring, Pereira scored five goals to lead Ludlow to a 6-0 victory over Hartford in the Connecticut championships. He hopes to get into coaching when his playing days are done.