Forward Madison FC has signed Ferrety Sousa for the 2024 season, pending league and federation approval, the club announced in a press release Friday. The defender played for Sacramento Republic FC during the 2023 USL Championship season, where he appeared in eight matches, starting four, before suffering a broken ankle in August.
“Ferrety is a player that I have worked with in the past and brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and versatility to our team,” Head Coach Matt Glaeser said in a statement. “He is a proven winner in both USL League One and in the Championship who can play multiple positions across the backline and midfield. I’m excited to add his vibrant personality to our team and city as we push towards continued progression in 2024.”
Sousa, 33, was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but spent most of his youth in Raleigh, North Carolina. He began his soccer career with the Carolina Railhawks U23 team, leading his squad to a USASA national championship in 2011.
Sousa signed his first pro contract with Aubervilliers in France, where he spent two seasons, before signing with the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2013. He played with Atlanta for five seasons across six years, leaving in 2016 to play one season with Wilmington Hammerheads.
In 2019, Sousa joined the Las Vegas Lights, making 14 appearances and scoring one goal. Sousa signed with Union Omaha the following season and contributed two goals and 40 appearances in two seasons. After an impressive run in League One, he returned to the USL Championship to play for Sacramento Republic FC in 2022.