Perez was originally acquired by the Portland Timbers through the MLS Allocation Process; Midfielder was member of the 2018 U-20 U.S. Youth National Team Concacaf Championship squad
Austin, Texas – Austin FC announced today that the Club has acquired 22-year old midfielder Emanuel “Manny” Perez on loan from the Portland Timbers for the 2021 MLS season in exchange for Austin FC’s 2023 natural third-round SuperDraft pick, with the option to trade for the player’s permanent rights at the conclusion of the ’21 season. Additional conditional General Allocation Money (GAM) could be delivered to Portland based on performance benchmarks.
“Manny is a player with great potential who is motivated to make an impact, and we are pleased to welcome him to the Austin FC family,” commented Claudio Reyna, Austin FC Sporting Director.
“I feel blessed and honored to be part of Austin FC,” commented Perez. “I look forward to giving my best on the pitch for our fans, my teammates and coaching staff.”
Perez (pronounced PEH-rehz) was previously with Scottish Premiership side Glasgow Celtic F.C. and was sent on loan to the USL Championship’s North Carolina FC from Celtic for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. With North Carolina FC, Perez made a total of 37 appearances (25 starts), scoring one (1) goal and contributing five (5) assists.
The North Carolina State University and North Carolina FC Youth Academy product spent two (2) collegiate seasons with the NC State Wolfpack (2017-18), making 29 appearances (28 starts) and logging six (6) goals and nine (9) assists. Perez was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2017 and earned All-ACC honors twice.
Internationally, Perez has played 12 matches with the U.S. Youth National Team, making five (5) appearances, and scoring two (2) goals with the U-18 team, six (6) appearances and scoring one (1) goal with the U-20 team and making one (1) appearance with the U-23 team. Perez was part of the 2018 U-20 Concacaf Championship team, which secured qualification to the 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland.
Transaction: Austin FC acquires midfielder Emanuel Perez on loan from the Portland Timbers on April 26, 2021, with an option to trade for the player’s rights on a permanent basis at the conclusion of the 2021 season. Additional conditional General Allocation Money (GAM) could be delivered to Portland based on performance benchmarks.