How he joined the club: Acquired via transfer from Sporting CP on Dec. 27, 2018.
2019 (CHICAGO FIRE): Recorded a start on August 14 in the Fire's 3-2 away loss against the Portland Timbers ... Recorded a start in a 2-0 loss against Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup on July 23 ... Recorded an appearance in the Fire's 2-2 draw against Columbus Crew SC on July 17 ... Recorded an appearance in the Fire's 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on July 6 ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on June 22 ... Recorded an appearance in the Fire's fourth round U.S. Open Cup match against St. Louis FC, which the Fire lost 2-1 ... Recorded his 10th appearance of the season on May 29 in a 3-3 loss against D.C. United ... Made his eighth consecutive start of the season on April 24 in a 1-0 loss against New York City FC ... Made his sixth consecutive start of the season in a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 12, playing the full 90 minutes of the match ... Made his fifth consecutive start of the season in a 2-2 tie against Toronto FC on April 6 ... Made his fourth consecutive start of the season in a 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls on March 30, playing the full 90 minutes of the match ... Made his third consecutive start of the season in a 4-2 loss against Seattle Sounders FC on March 16, playing the full 90 minutes in the match … Made his second start of the season on March 9 in a 1-1 draw against Orlando City ... Made his club debut as a starter on March 2 in a 2-1 L against the LA Galaxy.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Marcelo joins the Fire after spending the past eight seasons in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, compiling 172 league appearances (171 starts) ... A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcelo began his career in Portugal’s first division with Rio Ave FC in 2011 ... The central defender spent seven seasons (2011-18) with Rio Ave FC, tallying at least 20 league starts in five of his seven seasons with the Club ... Additionally, while playing with Rio Ave FC, Marcelo made 11 appearances (10 starts) in the UEFA Europa League … Joining Primeira Liga powerhouse Sporting CP ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, Marcelo made one appearance for the Club, starting and playing 90 minutes in the Portuguese League Cup against G.D. Estoril Praia on Oct. 31, 2018.