Minnesota United is pleased to announce it has retained the services of veteran midfielder Ibson. The Brazilian has been part of the club for two seasons, first signing in 2015 after successful campaigns in Brazil and Europe.
In his past seasons with MNUFC, Ibson has proven an exceptional possession player with unmatched control in tight spaces. His ability to beat defenders and technical footwork helps open up space for teammates and create chances further down the pitch. Ibson’s distribution has been a critical part of the MNUFC’s quick attacking play, providing eight assists in two seasons with Minnesota United.
After an impressive start to his career with Flamengo in Brazil, Ibson joined European giants FC Porto in 2005. He made 54 appearances for the club, seeing the pitch in both league play and a handful of matches in the UEFA Champions League.
He was loaned back to his home club Flamengo for three years while still under contract with Porto, taking the Brazilian league by storm during upon his return with a career high 15 goals in 2008.
Ibson returned to Europe, signing with the legendary club Spartak Moscow in 2009. He saw the bulk of his playing time with the club in 2010, when he scored four times in 34 games, with two of those goals coming in Champions League play.
After three years in Russia, Ibson once again returned to Brazil where he played for some of the nation’s top teams including Santos, Corinthians, and once more with Flamengo.
Finally, Ibson came to Minnesota in 2015, immediately making an impact with the club by scoring six times in his first season, earning a spot in the NASL Best XI. Ibson brings his veteran presence and vast experience to a young Minnesota team that will call for him to be a leader on the pitch in the club’s first MLS season.
The Loons begin their first MLS campaign March 3 in Portland, with the home opener at TCF Bank Stadium March 12. Cheer on Minnesota during this historic season by securing your season tickets today. Visit MNUFC.COM or call 763.4SOCCER today and be part of the exclusive Itasca Society – only open to season ticket holders this inaugural season.
TRANSACTION: Minnesota United has signed midfielder Ibson to Major League Soccer contract.
Weight: 167 lbs.
Last Club: Minnesota United FC
Hometown: Sao Goncalo, Brazil
Birthplace: Sao Goncalo, Brazil