ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City SC acquired Brazilian midfielder Robinho from the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night in exchange for $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Although the transfer occurred on Wednesday, Robinho will not be available for Saturday’s match between Orlando and Columbus.
The 24-year-old played 19 matches with Columbus so far this season, starting 13 games and tallying two assists. This is Robinho’s first season in the MLS after spending five years in the Brazilian league.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Robinho to Orlando City,” said Luiz Muzzi, the team’s VP of Soccer Operations. “He is a player that is extremely energetic on the pitch and has the ability to create opportunities for players around him. As we make our push for the playoffs this summer we feel as though Robinho is a great addition to our roster.”
Before joining the Crew, Robinho played most recently for Ceara SC in Brazil’s First Division and Santa Cruz Futebol Clube in Brazil’s Third Division. He scored eight goals with Santa Cruz and started 11 matches in the Campeonato Pernambucano, along with playing one match in the Copa do Brasil and eight in the Copa do Nordeste.
TRANSACTION: Orlando City acquires midfielder Robinho from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $50,000 of Targeted Allocation Money.
Weight: 148 pounds
Birth Date: January 18, 1995
Birthplace: Senador Pompeu, Brazil