MIAMI Aug 23 Former Brazil midfielder Denilson
has signed for Major League Soccer's FC Dallas.
Once the world's most expensive player when he joined
Spanish club Real Betis for $35 million in 1998, Denilson was a
member of the Brazil team that won the World Cup in 2002.
After leaving Betis is 2005, the midfielder, who turns 30
on Friday, played for Bordeaux in France and then switched to
Saudi team Al-Nasr.
"We are extremely excited to be able to add a world-class
player like Denilson to our squad," said Dallas's Northern
Irish head coach Steve Morrow.
"We've worked hard to build a team with players that have
exceptional ability and also have the right attitude off the
"Adding a player like Denilson will improve us further and
give us a boost as we go into the final stretch of the season,"
Morrow told the team's Web site (fc.dallas.mlsnet.com).
Denilson joins Dallas under the 'Designated Player' ruling,
which allows for flexibility from salary restrictions. It is
the same ruling that enabled LA Galaxy to sign England
international David Beckham.
The Brazilian will have to wait for his work visa before he
is able to make his debut in MLS.
"I am anxious to get started playing, and to join a team
that is in a good position in the league. I hope that through
my work I will be able to contribute to this team and have
success in this league," Denilson said.
Dallas are currently in second place in MLS's Western
Conference, a point behind leaders Houston.
On Thursday, the Texan side also announced they had brought
in American-born Colombian midfielder Sebastian Botero. The
21-year-old was signed on loan from Colombian-side