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The B.C.-based club announced the signing of 23-year-old Brazilian on Friday.

Updated at 4:36 EDT.

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday the signing of Brazilian midfielder Tiago Ulisses.

The 23-year-old arrives in Vancouver after making 15 league appearance for Botafogo in his native Brazil. Before that, he spent time with Noroeste in the country's second division.

"We've tracked him for quite a long time," head coach Martin Rennie told at Burnaby Lake field on Friday. "He's a little bit different type of player to the the ones we have in midfield. He's not Rino Gattuso but he has a similar style. He's aggresive, wins the ball and moves it quite well, so we just want to get him into our environment and look forward to seeing how he does."

He started his career in the youth system of Brazilian giants Corinthians, where he spent seven years. At age 23, Rennie sees him as a player the club can build around in years to come.

"We had to try and make the team better right away," Rennie said. "And now, obviously, we have good experience, but now the next signings will be generally younger players."

Vancouver's next match is Aug. 11, when they host Real Salt Lake at BC Place. The club says Ulisses will join up with the squad in a couple of weeks after his paperwork is in order.


Martin MacMahon contributed additional reporting from Vancouver.


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