The Union announced Friday afternoon that they've signed defender Fábio Alves, a Brazilian who last played for Sydney FC in Australia's A-League.
Alves, who goes by the nickname Fábinho, is best suited to outside back. Though he isn't likely to supplant current starters Raymon Gaddis and Sheanon Williams, Alves can serve as a reinforcement at a position where the Union need that.
"We think he can provide good depth and quality to an area of our team where we were a little thin," Union manager John Hackworth said in a statement issued by the team.
The 28-year-old was released by Sydney after one season with the team. Sydney manager Frank Farina told reporters in Australia that he "couldn't guarantee Fábio the regular first-team football he requires" with the team.
Prior to his time in Sydney, Alves played with another A-League team, Melbourne Victory.