D.C. United announced Wednesday the signing of Brazilian striker Rafael as a young Designated Player on loan for one season. The 20 year old comes to Washington from Bahia of the Brazilian Seria A.
DCU general manager Dave Kasper says the hope is to keep Rafael with the Black-and-Red long term:
“We are very excited to have reached a deal to bring Rafael to D.C. United on a one-year loan with a view to a permanent transfer,” he said. “He is a young, talented player with solid experience with the Brazilian Serie A club Bahia. We believe Rafael has all the qualities to be a successful striker in Major League Soccer, and we look forward to having him join us in pre-season 2013.”
Rafael made 36 first-team appearances with Bahia and recorded 10 goals this season. He represented Brazil at the 2011 Pan-American games. He will become the second youngest Designated Player signing in MLS history.