North Texas SC Signs International Defenders Juan José Parra and Christian “Kazu” Ferreira

2.8.21 Kazu and Parra Signing Announcement DL

Both players join the club on loan for the 2021 season

Frisco, Texas - North Texas Soccer Club has signed defenders Juan José Parra Barrientos and Christian “Kazu” Kendji Wagatsuma Ferreira on loan for the 2021 season, pending league and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.

Parra, 19, joins North Texas on loan from Colombian first-division side Independiente Medellín where he was teammates with current FC Dallas midfielder Andrés Ricaurte. In all, Parra made three first-team appearances for the club, including one substitute appearance in the Copa Libertadores.

Ferreira, who’s known primarily by his nickname, Kazu, is a 20-year-old Brazilian-Japanese defender who joins the club on loan from Coritiba FC in Brazil’s Série A. Kazu was named in the team’s match day squad on five occasions last season and also spent time on loan with fellow Série A club Grêmio in 2019. A former Brazilian youth international, Kazu has featured three times for his country’s U-17 side, including playing 85 minutes in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Argentina in the 2017 South American Championship.

Transaction: North Texas Soccer Club signs defenders Juan José Parra and Christian “Kazu” Kendji Wagatsuma Ferreira on loan for the 2021 season.

Name: Juan José Parra
Pronunciation: Par-RAH
Position: Defender
DOB: May 6, 2001 (19)
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia
Hometown: Medellín, Colombia
Height: 6-3
Weight: 176
Nationality: Colombia
Last Club: Independiente Medellín
How Acquired: Signed on Feb. 8, 2021

Name: Christian “Kazu” Kendji Wagatsuma Ferreira
Pronunciation: Kah-zoo
Position: Defender
DOB: March 18, 2000 (20)
Birthplace: Maringá, Brazil
Hometown: Maringá, Brazil
Height: 5-9
Weight: 150
Nationality: Brazil
Last Club: Coritiba FC
How Acquired: Signed on Feb. 8, 2021