Rhode Island FC and the entire global soccer community mourns the passing of Pelé. Rhode Island FC President Brett Luy released the following statement:
“The global soccer community lost a legend. No one has meant more to soccer in the last 60 years than Pelé. He was an unparalleled talent on the pitch and an unmatched diplomat for the sport in every corner of the world. The electric way he played built a fanbase across the globe and earned him the respect of his peers and adoration of younger generations of players. His time playing in the U.S. helped lay a foundation for an American soccer community and inspired multiple generations of American youth players. His name will forever be connected to the beautiful game and his legacy will last for generations.”
Pelé died earlier today at the age of 82. He won three World Cups and is universally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of soccer.