Born: November 15, 1999, in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
College: Franklin Pierce University
Acquired: Signed to Tacoma Defiance’s roster on February 28, 2023
Rodrigues, 23, grew up in Portugal before playing for Franklin Pierce, where he scored 31 goals and tallied 25 assists in 45 career matches over two seasons. He tallied 20 goals (tied for second in Division II) and 22 assists (first in Division II) in 2022, en route to a 25-0-1 season and the National Championship. Following his efforts last season, Rodrigues was awarded the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award, given to the top men’s soccer player in Division II as well as the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year. Rodrigues also was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America First Team, All-East Region First Team and All-Eat Region Player of the Year. Following his two years at Franklin Pierce, Rodrigues ranks ninth in assists (25) and 10th in goals (31).