RSL: Signed from S.P.A.L. (Serie A) on loan for the 2019 season on January 7, 2019.
Luiz, 30, is a hard-nosed defensive midfielder who worked his way through the ranks in Brazil with Ponte Preta, Palmeiras and CRB with several loans along the way, including with Mexico’s San Luis, before landing with FC Lugano in Switzerland in 2013. He played one season with Lugano before moving to St. Gallen, playing two more seasons in the Swiss Super League. His next stop came in Serbia, where he won the Serbian Cup twice and earned Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Season honors for his efforts in winning the Serbian SuperLiga in 2016-17. That led to a move to S.P.A.L. in Italy, where he helped the club avoid relegation in the 2017-18 season. All told, he has scored seven goals in 155 league matches and ten goals in 246 matches across all competitions.