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AcquiredLoaned to FC Dallas from Brazilian-partner Clube Atletico Paranaense on Feb. 11, 2008.
Professional2008: Signed on Feb. 12 from partner-club Atletico Paranaense Led the team with eight assists in his first season in Major League Soccer Was nominated for MLS Newcomer of the Year Finished the season tied for third in MLS with four game-winning assists along with Houston's Brad Davis Made his MLS debut in the season-opening 1-1 tie vs. Chivas USA, playing the full 90 minutes. ..Recorded his first career assist in MLS at HOU on 4/6, springing Cooper for his first goal of the season with a ball played from midfield Scored his first career MLS goal at KC on Aug. 23, a right-footed strike from 40 yards Registered his first career multi-assist game on 9/21 at Chicago when he helped set up two goals Scored the game-tying goal at DC on Sept. 14 in the 79th minute Two weeks later, scored the team's only direct free kick goal this season, also against DC United, in the 9th minute. ..Played the attacking and holding midfield positions, as well as on the right side of the midfield.
2005-2007: Joined Atletico Paranaense in 2005, making 47 appearances in all competitions made nine appearances in the 2005 Copa Libertadores, in which Atletico Paranaense defeated Mexico's Guadalajara (Chivas) in the semifinals before falling to Sao Paulo in the finals...made one appearance in the 2007 Copa Sudamerica.
2002-2004: Began his professional career as a right back with Aguas de Lindoia Esporte Clube, a fourth division Sao Paulo-based club in 2004, After a short stint with Portuguesa Santista, he was purchased by Palmeiras of the top division, where he played one season.
PersonalBecame the second player loaned from Clube Atletico Paranaense to FC Dallas on Feb. 11, 2008, after Ricardinho... attended Sao Vicente de Paulo school in Sao Paulo began soccer career with Sao Paulo FC, where he played from 7-14 years old, and first met current FCD teammate Marcelo Saragosa likes hip-hop and samba has one younger sister, son of Francisco and Ivani.