Igor Juliao vs. Philadelphia Union - May 14, 2014
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Beyond the Box Score: 19-year-old Igor Juliao makes MLS debut

Sporting Kansas City defender Igor Juliao made his MLS debut on Wednesday, earning the start at right back and playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. In doing so, the Brazilian right back broke a club record set seven years earlier by becoming the youngest player in team history to play a complete game in an MLS regular season match.

Player Name Age Date Opponent Location Result
1. Igor Juliao 19 years, 264 days 5/14/2014 vs Philadelphia Union Arrowhead Stadium 2-1 L
2. Yura Movsisyan 19 years, 283 days 5/12/2007 vs FC Dallas Sporting Park 2-1 L

Juliao -- acquired on loan in April from Fluminense FC through the end of 2014 -- also became the sixth youngest player to start an MLS match to date in 2014.

Player Name Team Born GS
1. Kellyn Acosta FC Dallas 07-24-1995 5
2. Marco Delgado Chivas USA 05-16-1995 2
3. Diego Fagundez New England Revolution 02-14-1995 10
4. Kekuta Manneh Vancouver Whitecaps 12-30-1994 4
5. Charles Eloundou Colorado Rapids 12-04-1994 1
6. Igor Juliao Sporting KC 08-23-1994 1

He led all players on Wednesday in tackles (6) and tackles won (5), while accumulating the second most touches (88) and winning the second most duels (9) amongst the 28 players who featured at Sporting Park. Following the match, Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes expressed his approval with the play of the newcomer.

"For a 19-year-old, I thought he played very well. I think he is very scrappy," Vermes said. "You have to understand he just started with us. So in a short period of time, I thought he did a great job in the game. He's a bright spot for the team."

Juliao made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in August 2012 and was a member of Brazil’s Under-20 Men’s National Team for the 2013 South American Youth Championship.

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