Now that the Philadelphia Union’s season has come to a close, its time that we take a look at how players fared this season and their expectations for their next one in this new segment designated for player analysis. This week we look at left back Fabio Alves – or better known as Fabinho.
Fabinho has been a vital part of the back line this season. Once the Sheanon Williams trade went through (about midway through the season) Fabinho really had a chance to shine through – and he needed to due to the lack of depth in the position for the following weeks. As the best and only left back available for the team, Fabinho cemented his role both on defense and in the transition game adding very nice supporting runs up the wing. It was because of his speed on the wing which landed him his first goal for the team in two seasons and three assists – his most in any season with the Union.
Fabinho also had a career high in appearances this season with the Union totaling 26 while starting 23. Being in probably the best form of his career also helps because it landed him a spot on the MLS Team of the Week during week 12’s clash with the New York City Redbulls.
In the last third of the season, the Union decided to bring aboard another defender, Warren Creavalle, to help with the depth issues. However, Fabinho held on to the starting role until the end of the season. As for next year, there is a high chance that we will see plenty more of the Brazilian star but there is also a good chance that the Union staff will be on the hunt for other defensive backs to take care of the continued depth issue.
Fabinho has made some nice plays on and off the ball this past season. However, the moment of the year for Fabinho goes to his epic save defensively during the U.S. Open Cup Championship at home.
Fabinho is coming off his best season with the Union and we all hope to see his success continue in the future.