Houston Dynamo acquire midfielder Alex from Chicago Fire

The Houston Dynamo have acquired midfielder Alex from the Chicago Fire in exchange for forward Jason Johnson. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Alex, 26, tallied four goals and two assists in 77 appearances (49 starts) with Chicago, including playoffs. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native scored in the Dynamo's 2-1 win at Chicago in the 2012 Eastern Conference Knockout Round.

"We are pleased to welcome Alex to the Houston Dynamo," Dynamo VP/general manager Matt Jordan said. "He is a versatile and intelligent player who can play a variety of positions. He joins our team at a good age with over 70 games played in MLS and valuable European experience. We feel he will be a positive addition to our group moving forward."

In his time with Chicago, Alex has played in a variety of positions, including, all positions across the midfield, as a forward, and also as a wide defender. He is expected the be a valuable addition as the Dynamo prepare for several absences due to international competition this summer, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America.

Alex came up through the youth system of Gremio Mauaense in Brazil before making 26 appearances in two years with Swiss club FC Wohlen and 19 appearances with FC Gossau. 

The Dynamo selected Johnson in the first round (No. 13 overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of Virginia Commonwealth University. The Jamaica native scored one goal in 22 career appearances (four starts) in three seasons with the Dynamo, including playoffs.

"We'd like to thank Jason for his time with the Houston Dynamo," Jordan said. "We wish him all the best moving forward."

Full Name:         Alexandre Monteiro De Lima ("Alex")
Position:            Midfielder
Height:               5'8"
Weight:              163 lbs.
Born:                  December 15, 1988
Place of Birth:    Sao Paulo, Brazil
Citizenship:         Brazil (U.S. Green Card holder)
Last Club:            Chicago Fire
Acquired:            Via trade on April 13, 2015