HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from CSKA Sofia and signed through 2022, with an option for 2023, on February 28, 2020
A versatile, technical central midfielder, who can play right back, Janio Bikel is comfortable in possession and defensively aware. He enjoyed a solid first year in MLS, starting all 12 matches he was available for during the shortened season as a valuable element in the 'Caps midfield.
INTERNATIONAL: A native of Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Bikel has represented Portugal at the U-19 and U-20 levels.
OUTSIDE MLS: Played academy football in the Netherlands with SC Heerenveen, making his pro debut with the Eredivisie side in March 2015 before transferring to Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in July 2015 for three seasons. Bikel joined CSKA Sofia in June 2018 and quickly became a key contributor, helping the Reds to a runner-up finish in the Bulgarian First League, as well as a semifinal berth in the Bulgarian Cup in his first season. In over five professional seasons, Bikel has compiled 140 first-team appearances across all competitions in his career.