Philadelphia Union sign Brazilian defender Fabinho

Fabio

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Friday that they have added Brazilian defender Fábio Alves, better known as "Fábinho," pending reception of his US P-1 Visa, International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

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,” Union head coach John Hackworth said in a statement. “We think he can provide good depth and quality to an area of our team where we were a little thin.”

The 28-year-old has played professional soccer in Australia since 2011, spending last year with Sydney FC of the Australian A-League, where he made 18 appearances for the club. Sydney FC and the defender mutually agreed to part ways in April.

He spent the earlier part of his career with several teams in his native Brazil and was also a member of the Brazil Under-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.