Since joining the club four seasons ago, Ibson has consistently been one of the top performers for Minnesota United. The box score might not always show it, but the Brazilian always seems to make an impact on matches. Here are a few significant figures from his stellar career with the Loons so far.
6957 Minutes Played for MNUFC in All Competitions
Ibson came to Minnesota in 2015 prior to the NASL season and quickly became one of the key players in the squad. He commanded the midfield and stepped into the role of playmaker for the Loons. Acting as the hub of traffic for transition play and finding players deep in the opposition’s half, the Brazilian has put in a lot of time running Minnesota’s attack.
51 Successful Passes in the Final Third this Season
The sheer volume of passes that come from Ibson shows his importance to the offense, especially in front of goal. His ability to slip a dangerous pass through defenders creates numerous chances for the Loons, while giving opposing goalkeepers headaches trying to contain the threat.
14 Assists in MNUFC Career
Despite sitting back in a defensive midfield role, Ibson gets his name on the scoresheet quite a bit as a set-up man. Back in the club’s time in the NASL, Ibson had eight assists and has had six since joining MLS. All but one of his assists in MLS have been secondary assists through, with his passes finding one player while creating space for the finish somewhere else. This is something Ibson has been able to pull off throughout his career. The NASL did not track secondary assists like MLS does, but if it did his career total would much higher.
8 Interceptions in 2018
On the other side of the ball, Ibson is a disruptor. While defending, he tries to tempt attacking players into making a pass by leaving a particular lane open only to close it off at the last moment and win the ball. He also has the uncanny ability to sneak up on players and relieve them of possession before they even know the ball is gone.