Former Irvine Valley men's soccer player Roberto Linck was recently signed by the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.
Linck, nicknamed Betu, is originally from Brazil.
Before coming to the United States in 2002, he played in Gremio Football Porto Alegrense's (Gremio) youth development program while growing up in Brazil.
He came to Irvine Valley via playing in Utah and was a star for the Lasers during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. He sat out the 2007 season at Irvine Valley.
Linck scored six goals and had seven assists in helping the Lasers to a 15-4-4 overall record and the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs in 2006.
He had eight goals and six assists in a 8-10-3 campaign for Irvine Valley in 2008.
Linck was signed by the Revolution on July 30, which was a day before his 22nd birthday.
Linck joined the Revolution from Romania's CSM Ramnicu Vacea, where he has played the 2010 season.
Previously, the forward/midfielder played with the Chicago Storm of the U.S. (Indoor) Xtreme Soccer League.
"Roberto is a younger player who we're optimistic can help us during the second half of the season," Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said.
Irvine Valley long-time men's coach Martin McGrogan was excited for Linck.
"It is great for him and shows well of our program," McGrogan said. "He has all the talent in the world and should make a name for himself. I am sure he will do his best and play any role he can for New England."
McGrogan said the most striking part of Linck's game is "his technical ability. He could beat opponents so easily, he often would more than once."
Linck has seen action in one game as a reserve so far for the Revolution.
The team improved its record to 5-9-3 overall with a 1-0 win over DC United last weekend.