The Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, have signed veteran goaltender Sanaldo Carvalho to hold down the Fury’s net. Per team policy, terms of the deal will not be announced.
“Having a goaltender who knows all the intricacies of the indoor game will be a great help to us from day one,” said Bernie Lilavois, president and coach of the Ontario Fury. “Sanaldo has proven himself at this level over and over again, and will help the Fury keep opponents out of our net.”
Sanaldo, who only goes by his first name, began his professional career as a 17-year-old playing for outdoor teams in his native Brazil. He has been playing indoor soccer in the United States since 2003. Sanaldo earned numerous honors playing in the Major Indoor Soccer League, before joining Lilavois and the California Cougars in 2007. He spent the last two seasons playing for the Wichita Wings of the MISL, who folded after the 2012-13 season.
The goalkeeper’s availability is expected to be beneficial for both sides, as Sanaldo and his family are based in the Sacramento area.
“With my family here in California, it will be great to stay here all year-round,” Sanaldo said. “And to work with Bernie again, he has good ideas, and I think it will be a good thing for the team and myself. And I look forward to working with the guys.”
Lilavois was happy to see the goaltender was once again a free agent.
“When Sanaldo became available again over the summer, we struck up a conversation about him joining the Fury,” Lilavois said. “Having another player familiar with my system and my style of coaching will help up grow as a team.”
For his part, Sanaldo is excited to get started, and plans to bring his best game to Ontario for the Fury’s inaugural season.
“I’m on the field every day to work and do my best to learn and do my best every single time I step on the field,” Sanaldo said. “When I put my gloves on and my goalkeeper stuff on, it’s just a big thing for me is to give everything I have when I’m on the field.”
The Ontario Fury will play its inaugural game, a preseason game against Toros Mexico at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Individual tickets, starting at $10 are available at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Information about season and group ticket packages can be found on the Ontario Fury’s website at www.ontariofury.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.