Biography of USMNT player Johnny Cardoso who plays his club soccer with Real Betis in La Liga.
Johnny Cardoso rose into the USMNT reckoning with impressive performances beyond his years for Internacional, where he made his first-team debut at age 17 in 2019 and become a regular starter the following year as the Porto Alegre club shot into the title race in Brazil’s top flight. A cerebral, technical central midfielder with bite, Johnny was born in Denville, New Jersey to Brazilian parents, and earned his first USA call-up in November 2020, earning his first two caps off the bench against Wales and Panama. He also played in every match of the US U-23s’ 2020 Olympic qualifying tournament and was part of the squad that successfully defended the USMNT’s Concacaf Nations League title in 2023. Cardoso moved to Real Betis on December 27, 2023.
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Subbed in against Grenada in Concacaf Nations League play on Mar 24; also subbed in against El Salvador on Mar 27 and against Canada in the Nations League final against Canada on June 18. Subbed in against Germany on Oct 14 and started against Ghana on Oct 17.
Subbed in against Japan on Sept 23.
Started against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec 18.
Debut against Wales on Nov 12, subbed in vs. Panama on Nov 16.
Appeared in 48 matches across domestic and Copa Libertadores action, scoring two goals and two assists as Inter finished 10th in Série A and reached the semifinals of Copa Libertadores. Moved to Real Betis in La Liga on Dec 27.
Appeared in 39 matches across domestic and Copa Sudamericana action, scoring three goals and two assists as Inter finished 2nd in Série A and reached the quarterfinals of Copa Sudamericana.
Appeared in 34 matches across domestic and Copa Libertadores action, scoring two goals as Inter finished 12th in Série A and reached the round of 16 of Copa Libertadores.
Appeared in 21 matches across domestic and Copa Libertadores action, scoring one assist as Inter finished 2nd in Série A and reached the round of 16 of Copa Libertadores.
Made his first-team debut for Inter against Atletico Mineiro on Sept 15.
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Played for local clubs Avaí and Criciúma in the southern state of Santa Catarina before joining Inter's academy at age 14.