Super Mario was a popular video game character from the 1990s, but this summer he could also be on the football pitch with the Joplin Demize of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
“Super Mario” Pinto was a massive scoring threat for the Demize, scoring six goals and two assists in league play. He was simply unstoppable on a number of occasions. Against the Houston Dynamo’s U-23 squad, Pinto scored a hat trick in the exhibition, thriving against the higher level of competition. In early June Pinto would score three goals in four games, earning him National Player of the Week honors in the NPSL. Simply put, he was the perfect fit for the Demize.