Philadelphia Union defender Fabinho has been with the club since 2013 — impressing both on and off the pitch with his compassion for the team while serving as a role model for the younger guys.
Head Coach Jim Curtin believes Fabinho has the characteristics to don the Captain’s Armband.
“He’s done a really good job this preseason not only on the field, but behind the scenes and things that people don’t see," Curtin said. "He’s kind of Captain material, to be honest."
What people don’t get to see is the true passion that Fabinho has for the club and organization, something Curtin and the team sees every day.
“He’s a guy who really loves Philadelphia Union, loves the badge, loves putting on the jersey and is a big part of the group,” Curtin said.
Curtin also believes the Brazilian is truly the glue for this club with all the things that he does off the pitch and serving as a mentor for the youth on the team.
“Fabi sometimes catches negativity from different people —but if you guys get to see him in our locker room, what he brings to the younger guys, he’s the glue for our team,” Curtin said.
In the five years Fabinho has been with the club, he has appeared in 110 games, starting in 102 of them. He's notched two goals and 15 assists so far with the Boys in Blue, including an Impressive six assists in 2016.
Fabinho will look to have another impressive year for the Union in the team's 2018 campaign, as he will be a part of the backline for another season.
Fans can catch Fabinho and the rest of the Union return to action in the Home Opener against New England Revolution, presented by Oliver Heating on Cooling, on March 3. Tickets for the match can be found here.