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Fabio Alves: “I’ve Signed With the Union”

Brazilian left back Fabio Alves, who last played for Sydney FC of the Australian A-League, announced on his Facebook and Twitter pages late last night that he has signed a deal with the Philadelphia Union.

The posts have since been deleted, and the club has yet to confirm the deal. If true, he would come to the club via a free transfer after he and Sydney FC mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

The 28-year old defender played with seven clubs in his native Brazil before signing with Melbourne Victory of the A-League in 2011. He made 23 appearances and scored one lone goal in Melbourne, and was signed to a contract extension only to have it pulled before the season started. He then went to Victory’s rivals over in Sydney and signed with them after a successful trial. Though he played 18 of the club’s 28 games during the 2012-13 season, he asked that his contract be terminated after being told that he would not be given a larger role with the club.

If signed, Alves would be in compeition with Ray Gaddis for the starting left back spot.

Stay tuned to Philly Sports Live for more on this story as it develops.