HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on January 31, 2020, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
A 28-year-old who amassed over 300 appearances in all competitions during a decade in Brazil, João Paulo is tactically versatile and renowned for his passing and set-piece deliveries.
OUTSIDE MLS: João Paulo spent the past three seasons Brazilian Serie A, amassing 36 league appearances in 2019 and scoring three goals. He has also made 17 appearances in South America's Copa Libertadores, including when helping Botafogo to the quarterfinals in 2017. His career began with Internacional and included loan spells with Atlético Goianiense (2013), Goiás (2014) and Santa Cruz (2015-2016).