10 new faces you need to know for the 2023 MLS season
With the 2023 season getting underway on Feb. 25 with Matchday 1 fixtures – all games are free to watch on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV this weekend! – let’s spotlight some marquee new faces.
Evander joins the Timbers after spending five seasons (2018-2022) at FC Midtjylland in Denmark, where he registered 50 goals and 38 assists in 167 appearances across all competitions. With Midtjylland, the Brazilian midfielder featured in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, making 27 appearances across both competitions, logging 1,993 minutes, and registering five goals and seven assists. In 2022, Evander notched five assists to lead the Europa League.
Evander began his professional career in 2016 with Brazil’s top-tier side Vasco da Gama, making his debut at age 18 on March 5, 2016, against Bonsucesso. The midfielder scored his first professional goal on Nov. 8, 2017, against Santos. Notably, Evander became the youngest Vasco da Gama player to score twice in a Copa Libertadores match on Jan. 31, 2018, against Universidad de Concepcion. Evander scored two goals in eight appearances in Copa Libertadores play.
Internationally, Evander has played for Brazil’s U-16 and U-17 men’s national teams. At age 15, Evander made his youth-national team debut with the U-16 national team on Dec. 11, 2013. He went on to make 11 appearances for the U-17 national team, scoring seven goals. With the U-17 national team, Evander helped Brazil win the U-17 South American Championship, scoring three goals, while also making two appearances in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament.