Jamiro Monteiro is remaining with the Philadelphia Union on a permanent deal.
The club announced the permanent acquisition of Monteiro on Friday from French First Division (Ligue 1) side FC Metz for $2 million. Monteiro signed a three-year Designated Player contract with the Union, with a club option for a fourth year.
🐍 HE’S BACK 🐍
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) January 10, 2020
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement for Jamiro to return to our club,” Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said. “When he joined the club last season, his impact on-field was immediate. He’s aggressive defensively and very strong in transition which fits in perfectly with the style of play we’ve implemented. We look forward to welcoming him back.”
Monteiro, 26, spent the 2019 Major League Soccer season on loan from Metz, scoring four goals and registering nine assists in 26 appearances. The Cape Verde international midfielder was one of the Union’s shining stars in what turned out to be the club’s best season yet.
Born in the Netherlands, Monteiro has made 93 combined appearances between stints with Metz, and Dutch sides Heracles Almelo and Cambuur. Monteiro has also earned five caps with the Cape Verde Men’s National Team, since making his debut back in 2016.
Monteiro will headline a Union midfield also with the likes of veteran Alejandro Bedoya, Homegrown talent Brenden Aaronson and new signing Jose Martinez.
Jim Curtin’s side opens the 2020 season at FC Dallas on Feb. 29th, before visiting LAFC on March 8th. The club’s home opener is March 14th against the San Jose Earthquakes at Talen Energy Stadium.