A defensive stalwart and unquestioned leader since first signing with the Revs in 2013, Jose Goncalves announced himself to the league immediately, earning MLS Defender of the Year and Best XI honors after playing every minute of the season for New England in 2013, scoring twice. Goncalves has made close to 100 appearances with the club since joining from Swiss club FC Sion, initially on loan before signing with the club permanently in late 2013. Though born in Portugal, Goncalves began his career in 2002 in Switzerland with FC Basel, and played for eight other teams in Europe, including clubs in Italy, Lithuania, Scotland and Germany, before joining the Revs.
2015: Made 29 appearances, including 28 starts in central defense, scoring one goal and adding two assists. After starting the first two games of the season he was unavailable for the home opener on March 21 while serving a one-game suspension for a red card that he was shown against NYCFC on March 15. Returning from suspension, he was forced from the field in the 2-0 win at Colorado on April 4 with left calf tightness, and was limited to just 16 minutes in the four games between April 19 – May 8 because of the injury. His appearance off the bench on May 2 against New York was the first substitute appearance of his MLS career. He returned to the starting lineup in the 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on May 16 and played every minute until being shown a red card in the 4-1 loss to New York on July 11. He missed the 1-0 home win over New York City FC on July 18 while serving his one-game suspension and returned to the starting lineup the following week in the 2-2 road draw against Chicago on July 25. Tallied his first assist of the season and the third of his career on Scott Caldwell’s goal at Sporting Kansas City on May 20. He scored his first goal of the season – a game-winner – in the 2-0 win over Houston on Aug. 15. He recorded his second assist of the season in the 3-1 win over NYCFC in the regular-season finale on Oct. 25, setting up Charlie Davies’ eventual game-winning goal. He started and played the full 90 minutes in central defense in the Revs’ 2-1 loss to D.C. United in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round of the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on October 28.
2014: In his second season with the Revs, Goncalves appeared in and started 27 games in central defense, tallying a goal and the first two assists of his MLS career. He missed five games in April and May with a quadriceps injury, but returned on May 24 against D.C. United and missed just one game the rest of the season while playing the full 90 minutes in the 22 games in which he appeared in from May 24 through the end of the season. Goncalves scored his only goal of the season on Sept. 26, opening the scoring in a 3-2 win at Sporting Kansas City. Earlier that month, he registered his first assist in MLS, setting up a Diego Fagundez goal in a 2-1 win over Chicago on Sept. 7 at Gillette Stadium. He added another in the regular-season finale against Toronto FC, setting up Lee Nguyen’s goal in a 1-0 win on Oct. 25. Goncalves started all five of the Revs games in the MLS Cup Playoffs, scoring the third goal in their 3-1 win over Columbus in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series at Gillette Stadium. He played all 180 minutes of the Eastern Conference Championship against New York and then all 120 minutes of MLS Cup, assisting on Chris Tierney’s second-half equalizer in the 79th minute. Goncalves also started all three of New England’s U.S. Open Cup matches, playing the full 90 minutes in each.
2013: The MLS Defender of the Year and an MLS Best XI selection in his first season with the Revs, Goncalves was also voted the club’s Defender of the Year by the local media. Named the club’s captain in early May, Goncalves started all 34 of the club’s league games in central defense and was on the field for all 3,060 minutes that the club played in the regular season, setting new club records in each. He helped anchor a back line that saw nine different starters in 34 games while posting a club record 14 shutouts, good for the second-most in MLS that season and the third-best goals against average in the league, conceding 38 goals in 34 games for a 1.12 goals against average. Goncalves made his MLS debut on March 9 at Chicago and scored his first goal for the Revs on July 20 at Columbus and then adding a second on Oct. 12 at Montreal with each of those goals being game-winners. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Goncalves played all 210 minutes of the Revs’ Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against Sporting Kansas City while he also made his U.S. Open Cup debut in a Quarterfinal defeat to D.C. United.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS
Goncalves began his professional career as a teenager in 2002 with Swiss club FC Basel, playing primarily in their reserves before moving to FC Winterhur of Switzerland’s Challenge League (second division) in July 2004 ahead of the start of the 2004-05 season. Six months later, Goncalves was on the move again, signing with Italian Serie B side Venezia on loan for the second half of the season. He returned to Switzerland following his loan, signing with Swiss Super League side FC Thun for the 2005-06 season. Goncalves made 26 appearances for the club in the first half of the season, including 10 in the UEFA Champions League, helping Thun qualify for the Group Stage, where they finished third in group that featured Ajax, Arsenal and Sparta Prague. In January 2006, Goncalves was sold to Lithuanian club FBK Kaunas, who loaned him to Hearts in the Scottish Premier League. In two and a half seasons with Hearts, Goncalves played in 34 games before spending the 2008-09 season on loan with FC Nurnberg of the 2. Bundesliga, playing 16 games in all competitions. He returned to Scotland for the 2009-10 campaign, playing 23 times and scoring his first two goals for the club. Following a knee injury that kept him out of action in the fall of 2010, Goncalves returned to Switzerland again, signing with Swiss Super League club FC St. Gallen in January 2011. He played 17 times for the club, scoring once before moving to fellow Swiss club FC Sion ahead of the 2011-12 season where he spent one and a half seasons, playing 22 times before joining the Revolution on loan ahead of the 2013 MLS season.
PORTUGAL NATIONAL TEAM
Goncalves represented Portugal at the Under-21 level and was a member of their roster at the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship in Netherlands. He appeared in one game during the tournament, where he was a teammate of players such as Nani, Joao Moutinho, Silvestre Varela and Hugo Almeida.