FC Dallas sign Brazilian defensive midfielder Erick

FC Dallas defensive midfielder Erick

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FC Dallas have signed 24-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Erick, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa, the club announced Friday.

“Erick is a very aggressive ball-winner who has gained a lot of experience the past few seasons in Portugal,” said FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo in a statement. “He is another strong addition to an already talented roster that has FC Dallas near the top of the table in 2013.”

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Now 24, Erick began his career with Ituano of São Paulo’s first division in 2009. He transferred to Estoril of the Portuguese second division in that same year. He played 49 matches and scored one goal for the club in three seasons, which ended with Estoril earning promotion to the Portuguese first division in 2011-12.

Following Estoril’s promotion, Erick joined Portimonense, also of the Portuguese second division. Despite his role as a stay-at-home midfielder, Erick netted two goals for Portimonense in 25 appearances during the 2012-13 campaign. Portimonense finished the season in sixth place with a record of 17-12-13.