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Fábio Alves, known as Fabinho, was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Union on June 28, 2013. He had arguably his best professional season in MLS in 2015, starting 23 games and registering a goal and three assists. Known for his ability to get up the field, the veteran left back has emerged as a key option in the Union attack over the past season.
2015 (Union): Started 23 games and appeared in three more as a reserve. Scored one goal and added three assists. He led the team with 118 interceptions and was second with seven clean sheets. He assisted Zach Pfeffer's game-winning goal against D.C. United on May 17. Was also named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 12 after his performance against the New York Red Bulls, where he notably had a dramatic assist on a counterattack to put the Union up 2-0. Fabinho also scored a dramatic game-winner against D.C. United in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. With the Union down to 10 men, Fabinho blasted a 79th minute goal to finish a come-from-behind victory that would propel the Union all the way to the Cup's final.
2014 (Union): Appeared and started in 19 games, logging 1,636 minutes. He notched a pair of assists and seven total shots while mostly playing left back. He made his debut in the season opener at Portland on March 8. During a 3-3 draw against Vancouver on June 7, he picked up an assist. Also picked up an assist during his final appearance of the season against Columbus on Oct. 11.
2013 (Union): Played in 14 games starting in 10, logging a total of 980 minutes. In his second match with the Union, Fabinho scored the only goal against Montreal on Oct. 19, 2013. Throughout the season, he recorded two assists, one against D.C. United on Aug. 10, 2013 and one against Chivas USA on July 12, 2013.
2012 (Sydney FC): Appeared in 18 matches for Sydney FC. He was teammates with Italian great Alessandro Del Piero.
2011 (Melbourne): Played in 23 matches for Melbourne Victory, notching two goals.
2004-2011: Played for various clubs in South America, including Londrina, Coritiba, J. Malucelli, Ponte Preta, Paysandu, Mixto, and Volta Redonda. Fabinho joined Associação Atlética Ponte Preta for the 2008 and part of the 2009 season, where he played in nine games before moving onto Criciúma Esporte Clube.
Joined Guairá Futebol Clube at 12 years old in 1997. Also spent time at Botafogo Futebol Clube, Gremio Esportivo Saocarlense, Bandeirante, Portuguesa Londrinense, Flamengo, Londrina and Newell's Old Boys.
Played three matches for the Brazil U-20 team in 2004 at the SBS International Youth Soccer Cup in Japan.
Signed as a free transfer by the Philadelphia Union on June 28, 2013.
Born in Ariquemes, Brazil on March 16, 1985. He picked up a U.S. Permanent Resident Card in 2015, qualifying him as a domestic player in MLS competitions.