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Whitecaps sign holding midfielder from Brazil, Fisk tweets about German trial

Tiago Ulisses
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday that the club has acquired Brazilian midfielder Tiago Ulisses. He will join the club pending the clearance of his visa.

Ulisses will be looked to provide depth behind Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson and John Thorrington. One thing the Whitecaps do not have a shortage of is holding midfielders.

“Tiago is a young and promising holding midfielder. He is strong on the ball and a solid tackler,” said Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie in a release issued by the club. “The addition of Tiago offers us more depth in midfield and a player that we feel will do well in Major League Soccer.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday, highly touted Whitecaps Residency product Ben Fisk tweeted that he was going on a month-long trial in Germany, but stressed that he is still a Whitecaps product. Fisk was named to the PDL’s All-Western Conference in 2012.

Fisk also scored seven times in four games during the U.S. Developmental Academy tournament in late July, which saw the Whitecaps’ prospects lose to FC Dallas’ heavily stacked youth side in the final.

Ulisses was a product of the Corinthians youth system, but couldn’t break through to the senior side, split last season between Botafogo and the lower-division side Esporte Clube Noroeste.

Ulisses became the target of public scorn amongst Botafogo supporters in March, when he was singled out for having a poor performance in a 4-1 loss to Santos.

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