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Chicago Fire acquire Brazilian center back Marcelo from Sporting CP

Marcelos dos Santos Ferreira - playing for Sporting CP


The Chicago Fire have acquired Brazilian central defender Marcelo from Sporting CP, the club announced Thursday. A Bola reported the transfer fee to be €500,000. 

Marcelo, 29, has spent the entirety of his senior career in Portugal, with the bulk of his time at Rio Ave, making 198 appearances. He won the club's Player of the Year award in 2012-13. He played in only one game for Sporting this season, his first with the club. 

“Marcelo will add necessary leadership along our back line,” Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodriguez said in a media release. “He is a smart defender who participates in every phase of the game. He is known as a solid teammate and he is driven to win, which fits our locker room well.”