The 29-year-old Viana was born in Chicago but also has citizenship in Uruguay where he started his professional soccer career with Bella Vista. Along with Uruguay, Viana has played in Brazil, Romania, Italy, and Greece. Viana was most recently playing in his fourth stint with Bella Vista in the Uruguayan Primera División. He started every game in the 2012-2013 Apertura and was also the team’s captain. Viana has already joined the Crew in Florida for preseason training.
Here is a long highlight video of Viana from last year:
Being a natural left-footer, Viana is expected to challenge for the Crew’s starting left-back position with fellow offseason acquisition Tyson Wahl. Despite Viana’s most experienced poition being defensive midfielder, that spot may be reserved for Matías Sánchez, a 25-year-old from Estudiantes in Argentina who has been heavily linked with the Crew for the past month.
Columbus’ first official preseason game was this past Saturday. The Crew played D.C. United in Bradenton, Florida, where they will be training until the end of this week. The game’s lone goal came from Crew trialist Sercan Güvenisik’s penalty kick in the 66th minute. Güvenisik, a 32-year-old forward, made five appearances with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012 and has quite a bit of experience in Germany’s third league. Here is a video of Güvenisik’s penalty kick:
Crew head coach Robert Warzycha used a completely different lineup for both halves against D.C.
The first lineup consisting of Andy Gruenebaum, Chad Barson, Chad Marshall, Josh Williams, Tyson Wahl, Eddie Gaven, Kevan George, Tony Tchani, Ben Speas, Federico Higuaín, and Ryan Finley gives fans an idea of what we may see during the upcoming season. However, in defense, I expect Williams to move to right-back, recent signee Gláuber to play in the center, and Viana to play on the left. Jairo Arrieta will be the starting forward upon returning from Costa Rica’s Copa Centroamericana winning team. Arrieta was the leading goalscorer in the Copa Centroamericana with two goals, earning him a call-up for Costa Rica’s World Cup qualifying game against Panama on February 6th.
The second XI against D.C. was comprised of a few bench players fighting for a starting spot and the Crew’s Supplemental Draft picks and other trialists trying to earn a contract.
Columbus’ next preseason game is scheduled to be against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.