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FC Dallas signs Brazilian centerback Bressan

Oct 6, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas fans cheer during the match against Orlando City at Toyota Stadium. (Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports)

FC Dallas has signed centerback Bressan from Brazilian club Grêmio using Targeted Allocation Money.

Bressan has spent the last six years of his career with Grêmio, playing 103 matches for the squad in Brazil’s Serie A, while also making appearances across domestic and continental tournaments. Bressan made three appearances in the 2017 edition of the Copa Libertadores, including the deciding 2-1 victory over Argentinian side Lanus to clinch the continental crown.

“We are thrilled to be able to bolster our back line with a versatile player like Bressan,” FC Dallas President Dan Hunt said in a statement. “He has experience on the biggest stages of soccer in South America and we think his presence and technical ability as a defender will translate well to the style of play in MLS.”

Bressan will join centerbacks Matt Hedges and Reto Ziegler on the roster to form a rotation between the group of players. He will also join Brazilian left back Marquinhos Pedroso, who played for Grêmio in 2014. Pedroso and Bressan are both dual nationals holding Brazilian and Italian citizenship.

Bressan was the victim of a crucial handball call in Grêmio’s semifinal loss against eventual winner River Plate in the 2018 Copa Libertadores. Bressan’s arm was outstretched as a shot by River player Ignacio Scocco struck him, forcing the referee to award a penalty after video review and send off Bressan, who had to be held back by players and referees as he left the pitch. River Plate midfielder Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martinez scored the ensuing penalty, which pushed his side into the final.

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