After two collegiate seasons with Virginia Tech, Pereira signed a Generation adidas contract in January 2021, becoming elegible to participate in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
Austin, Texas- Austin FC, the 27th club in Major League Soccer (MLS), today selected midfielder Daniel Pereira with the first overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, becoming the Club’s first-ever SuperDraft pick. Pereira became eligible to participate in the 2021 SuperDraft presented by adidas after signing a Generation adidas contract with MLS in January 2021. Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas, which makes select top collegiate underclassmen and youth national team players available in the SuperDraft.
Pereira (pronounced "Puh-Rare-Ah") spent two (2) seasons with Virginia Tech (2019-20), making 26 appearances (26 starts) for the Hokies, where he scored six (6) goals and added six (6) assists. The midfielder tallied five (5) goals and five (5) assists during his freshman season in 2019 (19 starts in 19 matches played), earning All-ACC Freshman honors in 2019. As a sophomore in 2020, Pereira started in all seven (7) of the team’s Fall matches, scoring one (1) goal and contributing one (1) assist.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, the native of Caracas, Venezuela, played soccer for Northside High School in Roanoke, VA. He was named Timesland player of the year as a senior, scoring 44 goals and leading the team to the Class 3 state final. Pereira and his family emigrated to the United States when Pereira was a teenager.