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The Milwaukee Wave began defense of its 2011 Major Indoor Soccer League crown by making a case for the defense.

The team announced the signing of veteran Defender Fabnho Ribeiro to a three-year contract on Tuesday afternoon.

"We are very happy to have signed such a talented defender," Wave Head Coach Keith Tozer said. "We feel Fabinho will fit in very well into our system.

"His size, technical ability, tenacity and ability to get into the offensve attack will be a great addition," Tozer said.

Ribeiro, a Brazilian native, has been playing in the MISL since the 2003-04 season. He racked up 18 blocks and had nine points last season as a member of the Omaha Vipers.

His career includes stints with the Baltimore Blast, Rockford Rampage, Chicago Storm, Kansas City Comets and Dallas Sidekicks. As a member of the Brazilian National Futsal Team (1996-99), Ribeiro helped lead his country to the International Futsal title in 1999.

"I am thrilled to join the Milwaukee Wave," Ribeiro said. "I am excited to work with a great coach and experienced players. I am looking forward to this opportunity to continue to do what I love to do and represent the Wave for the next three years."

The Wave is entering its 28th year making it the longest-running professional soccer team in the country. The summer camp program is the largest run by a team in the nation.

For ticket information about the upcoming season, visit www.milwaukeewave.com or call 414-224-WAVE.

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