HOW ACQUIRED: Signed using Targeted Allocation Money on Feb. 24, 2016.
Union coach Jim Curtin has praised Ilsinho's creativity, 1-on-1 ability and skill at making the final pass, believing the Brazilian veteran capable of playing any of the front slots in midfield. After wrapping up a second three-year stint with Shaktar Donetsk, Ilsinho impressed as a trialist during Philadelphia's preseason, earning a two-year deal from Union brass.
Ilsinho made his debut for Brazil on March 27, 2007 in a friendly against Ghana, and was part of the 2008 Bronze medal squad at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In six total seasons at Shakhtar Donetsk (2008-10,'12-15), Ilsinho appeared in 176 games (22 goals, 19 assists) and earned five league titles, three Ukrainian Cup titles, three Ukrainian Super Cups and a UEFA Cup (2009). Ilsinho also claims 19 UEFA Champions League appearances, with two trips to the knockout round (2012-13, '14-15)