Revs sign defender Goncalves

The Revs announced Thursday that they signed Portuguese central defender Jose Goncalves on loan with a purchase option from Switzerland’s FC Sion.

Goncalves, 27, most recently played for Swiss Super League club FC Sion.

“We’re pleased to add Jose to our squad,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “We’ve been open about our desire to add another defender this off-season. With experience throughout Europe’s top leagues, we believe Jose will come in and be a positive addition to our club’s defense.”

"What a great start to the New Year,” Goncalves said. “I’m happy to play for the Revolution and start a new career chapter in Major League Soccer. The entire organization, along with my new teammates, was very welcoming when I came in November to see the facilities and meet with everyone. It was great to see how the club was run and only further supported my decision to come to New England. I’m ready to join my teammates and to start the hard work to make it a successful 2013 season. I also look forward connecting and to become a productive member of the New England community."