HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls have added Brazilian forward Fábio Roberto Gomes Netto on loan from Oeste FC, the club announced Friday.
Fábio, who will be added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate, will be on loan through June, with a club option to purchase. The forward will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster.
“We’re pleased to welcome Fábio,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Fábio has a strong physical profile, excellent work ethic, and he’s shown that he can score and assist while playing on his own, and with another forward. We’re happy to add Fábio to our roster and look forward to integrating him into our team.”
Fábio, 23, most recently played with Oeste FC, a second-tier Brazilian squad, tallying five goals and two assists in 15 matches played, while wearing the captain’s armband four times from November 2020 to January. He was Serie B’s second-highest scorer in 2019 with 15 goals in 32 games played. In two seasons with Oeste FC, the Brazilian forward has accrued 20 goals and two assists in 47 matches played.
“I am very pleased with Fábio’s agreement,” head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “He is very hard working, which we like in all our forwards for our style of play and is impressive with his physical play and finishing. Fábio already has international experience and has scored decisive goals in strong leagues. We now want to integrate him into our team and our style of play.”
Fábio spent the 2020 season on loan with Albirex Niigata, a second-tier Japanese team, recording five goals and three assists in 19 games played more than 1,380 minutes.