HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on January 31, 2020. Completed permanent signing from Botafogo on Jan. 21, 2021
After spending his entire career in his native Brazil, Paulo had two goals and five assists in 19 matches (17 starts) in his first season with the Sounders as a deep-lying playmaker.
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).