Luis Eduardo "Edu" in 2009 when he was with Betis. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

MLS Transfers: Rapids, Crew, Fire Bolster Attacks With Foreign Signings

Of the three signings only the Rapid's will have their new player, Luis Eduardo “Edu” Schmidt, eligible immediately.

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Chicago Fire Sign Brazilian Midfielder Alex Monteiro De Lima

The Chicago Fire already have plenty of attacking options, but they'll get at least one more when the summer transfer window opens on June 27. That's when Brazilian midfielder Alex Monteiro De Lima will be eligible to play for the Fire after they announced his signing on Thursday.

"Alex is a special player that we’re proud to add to our roster," Fire coach Frank Klopas said in a team release. "After having the opportunity to see him play for Wohlen last year, Alex joined us for part of our preseason where he showed the ability to contribute to our club."

De Lima most recently played for FC Wohlen, a team in Switzerland's second division. De Lima played about 1,600 minutes there this year, scoring a pair of goals. A year earlier, the 23-year-old scored four goals in 1,790 minutes.

For more on the signing, be sure to check out Fire blog Hot Time In Old Town.


Rapids Sign Brazilian Forward Edu

The Colorado Rapids added another piece to their retooled offense on Thursday, signing former La Liga forward Luis Eduardo Schmidt, who is more commonly known as "Edu." The 33-year-old will be eligible to join the team as soon as they obtain his P1 visa as he was currently out of contract. Edu had most recently played for Vitoria of Brazil's second division.

"Edu is a skilled and creative forward with a great deal of experience," Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo said in a team release. "His signing will bolster our attack and we’re happy to add him to the roster."

Before injuries derailed his career, Edu played for nine seasons in La Liga. He broke in with Celta, scoring 28 goals in 117 La Liga appearances over four seasons. He then transferred to Betis, where he scored 41 goals in 136 appearances over five seasons. Among his best performances were an 11-goal season in 2004-05 and a 12-goal season in 2007-08.

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