Player Details


Jose Julio Goncalves


6' 2"


181 lbs

Date of Birth

9.17.1985 (38)


Lisbon, Portugal


Career Summary


  • Has made 117 starts with the Revolution since 2013, all in central defense.
  • In first MLS season in 2013, named the League’s Defender of the Year and an MLS Best XI selection after playing every minute of the season.
  • Set club records for starts (34) and minutes played (3,060) in first MLS campaign in 2013.
  • Before joining MLS, played professionally for nine different clubs, including teams in Switzerland, Italy, Lithuania, Scotland, and Germany.

MLS CAREER: A defensive stalwart since first signing with the Revs in 2013…Has made 118 appearances and 117 starts for the club…Owns four career goals and four assists…Started 28 matches in central defense in 2016…Started 28 of 29 games in 2014, and recorded one goal and two assists…In second year with the club, started 27 times with one goal and two assists…In first MLS season in 2013, earned MLS Defender of the Year and Best XI honors after playing all 3,060 minutes in the regular season.

2016: Started 28 matches and totaled 2,519 minutes played…Played all 90 minutes in 11 straight MLS matches from May 28 through Aug. 13…Started all five U.S. Open Cup matches, wearing the captain’s armband in the first four contests…(4/23) at DC: Returned to the starting lineup after missing one match with a minor knee injury…(5/8) at LA: Made 100th appearance with the Revolution…Left match early with rib injury…(5/28) vs. SEA: Made 100th career start in 2-1 win against Sounders FC…(7/6) vs. NYC: Logged one minute at goalkeeper following Bobby Shuttleworth’s red card ejection…(8/20) vs. CLB: Started and recorded two shots…(8/28) at NY: Returned to starting lineup and played 90 minutes after missing one match with an injury…(9/17) at MTL: Earned Team of the Week recognition after the 3-1 road win…(10/23) vs. MTL: Played 90 minutes and helped keep a clean sheet in season finale, a 3-0 victory.

2014: Started 28 games in central defense in second season with the Revolution…Tallied one goal and the first two assists of MLS career…Missed five games in April and May with a quadriceps injury…Played all 90 minutes in each of final 22 starts...Added one goal and one assist in five postseason starts…Started all three of the team’s U.S. Open Cup matches, playing the full 90 minutes in each of them…(9/7) vs. CHI: Tallied first assist on the year, setting up a Diego Fagundez goal in the 2-1 win…(9/26) at SKC: Notched only goal of the season, opening the scoring in a 3-2 win…(10/25) vs. TOR: Added second assist of the year in the regular season finale, setting up Lee Nguyen’s goal in the 1-0 victory…Postseason: (11/1) at CLB: Played 90 minutes in the 4-2 victory…(11/9) vs. CLB: Scored the third goal in a 3-1 win to help the Revs advance to the Eastern Conference Championship Series…(11/23) at NY: Played the full 90 minutes…(11/29) vs. NY: Started and went the distance in the 2-2 draw…(12/7) at LA: Played all 120 minutes of MLS Cup, earning one assist on Chris Tierney’s second-half equalizer in the 79th minute.

2013: Emerged onto the MLS scene as the League’s Defender of the Year and an MLS Best XI selection in first season with the Revs…Also voted the club’s Defender of the Year by local media…Named the team’s captain in early May…Started all 34 of the club’s league games in central defense and was on the field for all 3,060 minutes…Became the first Revolution player to start 34 regular season games and see action in every minute of a 34-game regular season…Anchored a backline that saw nine different starters in 34 games, while posting a club-record 14 shutouts, the second most in MLS in 2013…Helped the Revs record the third best goals against average in the League, conceding 38 goals in 34 games for an average of 1.12…Made U.S. Open Cup debut in the Quarterfinal defeat to D.C. United…(3/9) at CHI: Made MLS debut in the 1-0 win…(7/20) at CLB: Scored first MLS goal, a game-winner, in the 2-0 victory…(10/12) at MTL: Scored the game’s only goal and second of the season…Postseason: (11/2) vs. SKC: Made first postseason appearance and played the full 90 minutes…(11/6) at SKC: Played all 120 minutes in the 3-1 loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.

CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Has played for club teams in Switzerland, Italy, Lithuania, Scotland, and Germany before joining MLS…Began professional career as a teenager in 2002 with Swiss club FC Basel, playing primarily in their reserves…Later moved 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, joined Italian Serie B side Venezia on loan for the second half of the season…Returned to Switzerland following loan, signing with Swiss Super League side FC Thun for the 2005-06 season…Made 26 appearances for the club in the first half of the season, including 10 in the UEFA Champions League…Helped Thun qualify for the Group Stage, where they finished third in a group that featured Ajax, Arsenal, and Sparta Prague…In January 2006, sold to Lithuanian club FBK Kaunas, who loaned the defender to Hearts in the Scottish Premier League…In two and a half seasons with Hearts, played in 34 games before spending the 2008-09 season on loan with FC Nurnberg of the 2. Bundesliga…Played 16 games in all competitions…Returned to Scotland for the 2009-10 campaign, playing 23 times, and scored first two goals for the club…Following a knee injury that kept out of action for part of 2010, returned to Switzerland to join Swiss Super League club FC St. Gallen in January 2011…Played 17 times for the club and notched one goal before moving to fellow Swiss club FC Sion ahead of the 2011-12 season…Played 22 times for FC Sion before joining the Revolution on loan ahead of the 2013 MLS season.

NATIONAL TEAM (PORTUGAL): Represented Portugal at the Under-21 level…On the roster at the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship in Netherlands…Appeared in one game during the tournament…Teammate of players such as Nani, Joao Moutinho, Silvestre Varela, and Hugo Almeida.

PERSONAL: Born in Lisbon, but moved to Switzerland at the age of two…Fluent in six languages, including Italian, French, German, Portuguese, English, and Spanish…Earned high praise from Revolution supporters, being named the Midnight Riders Man of the Year in 2013.