FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 22, 2022) – FC Dallas has signed right back Geovane Jesus (pronounced G-O-va-KNEE zheh-zoos) from Brazil’s second-division side Cruzeiro through the 2026 season with a club option for the 2027 season as part of the MLS U-22 Initiative. Jesus will occupy an international roster spot pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
“Geovane has the right profile of a very athletic right back who’s very aggressive and outstanding in transition,” technical director André Zanotta said. “It was a position we needed and we’ve been following Geovane for some time and we made it happen.”
Jesus, 21, joins FC Dallas following a season with Cruzeiro. He appeared in 40 matches across all competitions and helped Cruzeiro get promoted to Campeonato Série A for the 2023 season. He made his debut for the Brazilian club on April 25, 2022 after being subbed in the 42ng minute. He also scored two goals and two assists in 1,479 minutes played. Prior to joining Cruzeiro through the youth system in 2020, Jesus also played for the Paraná Soccer Technical Center (PSTC), Palmeiras and FC Alverca’s academies.
“Geovane was one of the key players in the team that helped Cruzeiro win the second division in Brazil. He really pushed that team and helped them achieve getting promotion. We always look for players that have a winning mentality. He’s still a young player but he has that winning mentality and when we spoke to him we were impressed by his maturity as well. We believe he’ll be a great fit for FC Dallas.”
Full Name: Geovane Jesus
Pronunciation: G-O-va-KNEE zheh-zoos
Connect with Geovane: Instagram
DOB: July 31, 2001 (21)
Hometown: Riacho de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
Birthplace: Riacho de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
Transaction: FC Dallas signs defender Geovane Jesus to a four-year contract with a club option for the 2027 season.