Philadelphia Union sign Brazilian defender Fábio Alves

Defender eligible to play on July 12 against Chivas USA

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Philadelphia Union announced today that the club has signed Brazilian defender Fábio Alves, known as Fábinho. Fábinho, 28, will join the team pending reception of his U.S. P-1 Visa, International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and will occupy an international roster spot. Per club and MLS policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Fábinho has had a successful career and we’re excited to add someone of his caliber,” team manager John Hackworth said. “We think he can provide good depth and quality to an area of our team where we were a little thin.”

Fábinho has played professional soccer in Australia since 2011, spending last year with Sydney FC in the A-League, Australia’s top division, where he made 18 appearances for the club. He spent the earlier part of his career with several teams in his native Brazil and was also a member of the Brazil U-20 National Team.

Fábinho is not eligible to play in MLS until July 9 when the international transfer window opens, making the Union’s match on July 12 against Chivas USA the first he will be available for selection.

Name: Fábinho

Position: Defender

Number: 33

Age: 28

Birthdate: 3/16/1985

Height: 5-7

Weight: 149

Hometown: Ariquemes, Brazil

Last Club: Sydney FC