Crew signs Brazilian defender Gláuber

29-year-old joins Black & Gold following prolific career across Europe and South America

Glauber Berti

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The Columbus Crew has agreed to terms with Brazilian defender Gláuber Leandro Honorato Berti as a Discovery Signing, the club announced Tuesday. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, details of the contract were not disclosed. Commonly known as Gláuber, the 29-year-old defender will join the Crew in preseason training and officially join the club's roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

“Gláuber is a world-class international defender who we feel will be a great compliment to Chad Marshall, anchoring our central defense," said Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers. "This was a key priority to improve our team in the offseason and we are excited for him to join the club."

Boasting a wealth of international experience across the highest levels of global soccer, Gláuber joins the Crew from Rapid Bucharest of the Romanian First Division, where he made 46 appearances and scored one goal from 2010-13 across all competitions. The Brazilian-born centerback has spent time with top-tier clubs in Europe and Brazil, applying his trade for the likes of Manchester City (Barclays Premier League), 1. FC Nürnberg (German Bundesliga), and Brazilian sides Palmeiras and Clube Atlético Mineiro during his 13-year professional career. Gláuber’s most prolific stint came with German Bundesliga side Nürnberg, where the defender made 51 appearances for the club in three seasons en route to winning the 2007 German League Cup.

“One of our primary goals over the course of this offseason was to shore-up our backline and improve our overall defensive core,” said Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss. “Today we added a player that helps us accomplish that goal. Gláuber is a player with strong international pedigree, and he immediately makes us better. We look forward to having him in camp."

With Italian heritage and dual-citizenship in Brazil and Italy, Gláuber has played one match internationally for the Brazilian National Team. The defender’s lone cap came in a 3-0 victory for Canarinho against Guatemala in a friendly on April 27, 2005.

Gláuber is set to join the Black & Gold for preseason in the days ahead. The club departs for Bradenton, Fla. on Thursday, January 24 to launch the first of two preseason trips to the Sunshine State.

Name: Gláuber Leandro Honorato Berti
Position: Defender
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 170
Born: August 5, 1983 in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
Hometown: São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
Citizenship: Brazil/Italy
Acquired: Discovery Signing on January 21, 2013
Professional Experience: Rapid Bucuresti (Romanian Liga I, 2010-13), São Caetano (Brazilian Serie B, 2010), Manchester City (Barclays Premier League, 2008-09), 1.FC Nürnberg (German Bundesliga, 2005-08), Palmeiras (Brazilian Serie A, 2003-05), Clube Atlético Mineiro (Brazilian Serie A, 2000-03)