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Sporting Kansas City sign Fluminense defender Igor Juliao

Sporting Kansas City has acquired 19-year-old Brazilian defender Igor Juliao on loan from Fluminense FC, the club announced on Friday.

A member of Brazil's Under-20 Men's National Team, Julião has been added to Sporting Kansas City's roster and will occupy an international roster spot.

"Igor is a player that once we saw him at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, we really liked him. We scouted him for about six days and watched four of his games," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. "We feel that he is a great, young talent and someone that will fit into our team with the way we like to play, particularly with how important the outside back position is to our team. We feel he will be a good addition to our group and at the same time, forge a relationship with Fluminense FC."

"This is a new challenge for me," Julião said. "I hope to learn a lot from this club and do everything I can to help them win another championship."

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