Just weeks after the Columbus Crew signed Federico Higuain, older brother of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, the New York Red Bulls have inked Digão, younger brother of Los Blancos attacker Kaka.
Unlike the other three names, Digão, 26, is a defender. He signed with AC Milan at age 19, and has had stints with Italian side AC Rimini, Belgian club Standard Liege, and FC Penafiel of Portugal since then.
“Digão has impressed our coaching staff during his trial in the past week, and we want to continue evaluating him for the remainder of the season,” said Red Bulls General Manager Erik Soler. “He has earned a solid amount of experience for a number of European sides and we are glad to add him to our roster.”
The 6′ 4,” 183-pound Digão began his career in Sao Paolo’s youth system before moving on to Sampdoria of Italy and Milan.
Many observers have suggested that this is a first step toward bringing Kaka to New York. This summer, the Brazilian superstar’s agent told the New York Post that his client was interested in joining the Red Bulls after Brazil 2014.