Chivas USA announced Thursday the signing of defender Andrew Ribeiro. Terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed.
Ribeiro, 23, has been playing with Chivas USA's U-23 side since last fall, and scored in that team's 2-1 win over the weekend.
Originally from American football country, specifically Green Bay, Wisconsin, Ribeiro had a stellar collegiate career at top program Creighton, where he was a 1st team All-American in 2012. Additionally, during the college offseason he played for the Portland Timbers USL PDL side in 2012. He participated in the 2013 MLS Combine, and was drafted in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft by the New York Red Bulls (4th round, 70th pick overall). He trained with New York in the preseason, but was not offered a contract.
The Goat Parade has learned through a source that Ribeiro went on trial at notable Brazilian club Vasco da Gama last year. However, he ended up coming back to the United States and signed with USL PRO side Harrisburg City Islanders for the 2013 season. He played 24 league games for Harrisburg, scoring one goal as the team finished fourth in the regular season table and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Ribeiro joined his former Creighton teammate Jose Gomez with the Chivas USA U-23s last year. In Chivas' friendly loss against Tucson FC back in November, Ribeiro got the start next to Carlos Bocanegra.
He becomes the second player from the U-23 team to make the jump up to the senior team, following that of forward Bryan de la Fuente, who re-signed with the club last August. He is also the second defender added to the team's roster in as many days, following the signing of full back Tony Lochhead on Wednesday.
Welcome to the team Andrew!
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