Columbus Crew signs Brazilian defender Gláuber

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Columbus Crew has signed Brazilian defender Gláuber Leandro Honorato Berti.

Commonly known as Gláuber, the 29-year-old defender is expected to join the Crew for preseason training in Bradenton, Fla., which begins on Thursday.

Gláuber joins the Crew from Rapid Bucharest of the Romanian First Division, where he made 46 appearances and scored one goal from 2010-13 across all competitions.

The Brazilian-born centerback has spent time with clubs in Europe and Brazil, playing for Manchester City, FC Nürnberg and Brazilian sides Palmeiras and Clube Atlético Mineiro during his 13-year professional career. He helped Nürnberg win the 2007 German League Cup.

With Italian heritage and dual-citizenship in Brazil and Italy, Gláuber has played one match internationally for the Brazilian National Team.