The MLS international transfer window doesn't open until July 9, but the Union got a head start on Friday by adding some South American flavor to their back line.
The Union signed Brazilian defender Fábio Alves, better known as Fábinho. The 28-year-old left back will join the team pending reception of his U.S. P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Per team and league policies, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Fábinho has had a successful career and we're excited to add someone of his caliber," Union manager John Hackworth said in a statement. "We think he can provide good depth and quality to an area of our team where we were a little thin."
Fábinho spent last season playing Sydney FC in Australia's top division, making 18 appearances. He's played professional soccer in Australia since 2011. He previously bounced around clubs in his native country of Brazil, while also making two appearances for Brazil's U-20 team in 2004.
The Union's defense has suffered injuries this year, and the addition of the 5-foot-7 back should add depth.
When he joins the club on July 9, the Brazilian will become one of two international players on the Union's defense. He'll join Colombian Carlos Valdés, who currently plays for Independiente Santa Fe in Categoria Primera A on a loan.
The first match Fábinho will be eligible for is the Union's game against Chivas USA on July 12.