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PLAYER PROFILE: Manny Perez #2




Manny Perez
Personal information
Full name Emanuel Perez
Date of birth (1999-02-19) February 19, 1999 (age 23)
Place of birth Garner, North Carolina, United States
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Louisville City
Number 15
Youth career
2014–2017 North Carolina FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 NC State Wolfpack 29 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2021 Celtic 0 (0)
2019–2020North Carolina FC (loan) 35 (1)
2021 Portland Timbers 0 (0)
2021Austin FC (loan) 10 (0)
2022– Louisville City 14 (0)
National team
2017 United States U18 8 (2)
2018 United States U20 6 (1)
2019 United States U23 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of July 13, 2022

Emanuel "Manny" Perez (born February 19, 1999) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for USL Championship club Louisville City.

College career

Perez played two years of college soccer at North Carolina State University between 2017 and 2018, making a total of 29 appearances for NCSU, scoring 6 goals and tallying 9 assists.[1]

Professional career

Celtic

On January 31, 2019, Perez joined Scottish Premiership side Celtic.[2] Perez was immediately loaned out to USL Championship side North Carolina FC.[3] He was again loaned to North Carolina FC ahead of the 2020 USL Championship season.[4] Perez left the club after two seasons without playing a game.[5]

Loan to North Carolina FC

After joining the club on loan, Perez made his first team debut for North Carolina in a 4–1 win against defending champions Louisville City.[6] He went on to make 23 appearances for the club that he represented during his youth.[7] Of those games he started 12 times.[7] He returned to NCFC for a second season on loan during the 2020 season. This was a season that was marred by the COVID-19 pandemic and shortened from the standard amount of games; however, Perez went on to make a further 14 appearances for his boyhood club before returning to Celtic.[8]

Austin FC

On April 26, 2021 it was announced that Perez had signed a contract with the Portland Timbers and was immediately loaned to Austin FC.[5][9] Austin has the option to trade for Perez for $100,000 GAM at the end of the season.[10] Following the 2021 season, Perez's contract option was declined by Austin and he returned to Portland.[11]

Following the 2021 season, Perez returned to Portland, but they opted to decline their contract option on him and he left club.[12]

On February 15, 2022, Perez signed with USL Championship side Louisville City.[13]

Personal life

Perez was born in the United States, and is of Mexican descent.[14]

Career statistics

As of match played September 29, 2021[15]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Playoffs National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2018–19 Scottish Premiership 0 0
North Carolina FC (loan) 2019 USL Championship 21 0 2 0 23 0
2020 USL Championship 14 1 14 1
Total 35 1 2 0 37 1
Portland Timbers 2021 Major League Soccer 0 0 0 0
Austin FC (loan) 2021 Major League Soccer 10 0 10 0
Career total 45 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 47 1

Honors

United States U20

References

  1. ^ "Manny Perez – 2018 – Men's Soccer". NC State University Athletics.
  2. ^ Staff, Newsroom. "Manny Perez and Andrew Gutman join Celtic with eye to the future". www.celticfc.net.
  3. ^ Communications, NCFC (January 31, 2019). "NCFC Youth Academy Standout Signs with Celtic FC, Returns on Loan with North Carolina FC". North Carolina FC.
  4. ^ "North Carolina FC Secures Loan Deal for Garner Native, Celtic F.C. Winger Manny Perez". North Carolina FC. February 5, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Doyle, Chris (April 26, 2021). "Manny Perez exits Celtic as forgotten American finds new club". GlasgowLive. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  6. ^ "USA – E. Perez – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "USA – E. Perez – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "Manny Perez". www.uslchampionship.com. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  9. ^ Communications, Austin FC (April 26, 2021). "Austin FC Acquires Midfielder Emanuel Perez On Loan For The 2021 MLS Season". Austin FC. Retrieved April 26, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Communications, Portland Timbers (April 26, 2021). "Timbers sign U.S. youth international midfielder Emanuel Perez". Portland Timbers. Retrieved April 26, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Austin FC Announce Roster Decisions Ahead of 2022 Season | Austin FC". austinfc.
  12. ^ "Timbers announce roster status ahead of 2022 MLS season | PTFC".
  13. ^ Communications, LouCity (February 15, 2022). "LouCity signs 'versatile' midfielder Perez". Louisville City FC - USL Championship.
  14. ^ Coombs, Dan (February 1, 2019). "Five facts about new Celtic signing Manny Perez". Here Is The City.
  15. ^ Manny Perez at Soccerway


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