Minnesota United announced the signing of Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando Bob on Tuesday.
Bob will join the Loons pending the receipt of his P1 Visa and international transfer certificate. He will occupy an international spot on the roster.
“Fernando Bob has a very physical presence, a great range of passing and a lovely left foot,” head coach Adrian Heath said in a team release, adding he had interest in Bob while coaching Orlando City. “He first came across my radar in 2015 when he played for Ponte Preta. We played a friendly game [against them], so I’ve known about him for quite a long time. We tried to bring him to Orlando and he’s someone we’ve kept in touch with ever since.
“We think that at this moment in time, for his age, for his experience, it’s a really good pickup and an opportunity between now and the end of the season to see what we do with this. I’m hoping he can come in and give everybody a lift, which his ability should do.”
Bob, 30, reportedly joined Minnesota on a trial basis last week. He most recently played for Ponte Preta in Brazil.
Bob made his senior debut in Serie A in August 2006. He will join fellow Brazilians Ibson and Maximiano on the Loons’ roster.
“I think Fernando Bob is a really skilled player,” stated Minnesota sporting director Manny Lagos. “He’s a good central midfielder who likes to sit in front of the back four. Adrian knows him really well — he’s been following him for the last few years. We’re excited to add him to the team as we go for this final push to end the year.”
The Loons are currently eight points out of the Western Conference playoff picture at 9-14-2.
—Field Level Media