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The MLS Champions, Seattle Sounders signed Brazilian midfielder Joao Paulo as a designated player to help bolster their midfield. The 28 year old Paulo is a center mid who has spent his entire career for Batafago (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and comes to Seattle in the same manner as fellow South Americans Nico Lodiero and Raul Ruidiaz filling out the teams final DP spot.
“We are pleased to announce Joao Paulo, a talented and versatile player that brings a lot of experience to our club,” Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey said in a club statement. “His signing adds a strong piece to an already talented roster, and we’re excited about the way our team is taking shape as the season approaches.”
Paul’s addition is an upgrade to Victor Rodriguez who left the team recently after his game wining goal for the Sounders in the MLS Cup win over Toronto. The Sounders welcome the reinforcements as they begin Concacaf Champions League play this February the 20th.
“He gives us options in the midfield, as well as some more vertical passing options in the initial build up, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he fits in with the rest of the squad,” coach Brian Schmetzer said.