HOW ACQUIRED: Loaned from Fluminense on December 23, 2016.
Juliao returns to Sporting after two years away, eager to retake the starting right back spot for the 2013 MLS Cup champions. A marauding fullback, Juliao likes to get up and down the right flank with reckless abandon.
OUTSIDE MLS: Since returning to Fluminense FC at the end of 2014, Julião has been loaned to three teams in his native Brazil. He split time in 2015 between ABC Futebol Clube and Macaé, appearing nine times in the Série B, then played 12 matches during the first half of 2016 with Ferroviária in the Campeonato Paulista. Julião rejoined Fluminense this summer, logging five Série A appearances in Brazil's top division. He has been a part of the club since 2003, when he joined Fluminense's academy as an 8-year-old. After nine years of development in their youth system, Julião made his Série A debut in 2012 at age 17. He played three games during his first professional season as Fluminense FC won its fourth league title in the club's 114-year history. In 2013, Julião enjoyed a breakout campaign that saw him make 22 total appearances for the reigning Série A champions.
INTERNATIONAL: Appeared for Brazil's Under-20 national team in 2013, playing three matches at the South American Youth Championship.