The Philadelphia Union announced on Friday the signing of 28 year old Brazilian left back Fabio “Fabinho” Alves.
Fabinho will not be eligible to play for the Union until after the opening of the international transfer window on July 9. He could make his first appearance for the team on July 12 against Chivas USA.
The 5’7″ 149 lb. left back last played for Sydney FC in the Australian A-League, appearing in 18 out of a possible 26 matches for 1,450 minutes. He last suited up on March 28, 2013, playing 62 minutes in the 3-1 loss to Brisbane Roar.
On April 22, 2013, news.com.au reported that Fabibho and Sydney FC, in the midst of a rebuilding phase had mutually agreed to part ways when the Brazilian could not be guaranteed a starting position. According to the report, “The left fullback endured a difficult season at the Sky Blues, his two red cards highlighting the club’s poor discipline in a campaign that saw them miss out on the finals.” Sydney finished the 2012-13 season seventh in the ten-team A-League
In the 2011-12 season, he played for Melbourne Victory in the A-League, appearing in 23 matches. He has previous experience in Brazil with Volta Redonda (2011), Mixto Esporte Clube (2010) and Ponte Preta (2008-2009).
Union coach John Hackworth said in the press release on the signing, “Fábinho has had a successful career and we’re excited to add someone of his caliber. We think he can provide good depth and quality to an area of our team where we were a little thin.”
Fabinho will join the team pending receipt of of his U.S. P-1 Visa, International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and will occupy an international roster spot.
Per league and club policy, the terms of his signing were not disclosed.