After making the transition to the Black-and-Red from Colorado in the off-season, Marcelo Sarvas was a key component in the D.C. United midfield throughout the regular season. Marcelo started 26 matches; an accomplishment he hasn’t achieved since 2013 with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Marcelo led the team in almost every defensive category, making more tackles (100), interceptions (82) and ball recoveries (237) than any other United player. Marcelo also helped dictate the Black-and-Red’s attacking play and led the team in total passes (1,405) and passes per game (48.4) as a defensive midfielder.
Sarvas missed the beginning of the season due to a knee injury that forced him to miss seven games. He played in 25 matches the rest of the season, starting 21. He scored his first goal of the season against his previous club the LA Galaxy in August. He finished the year with two goals and one assist.
Recorded 28 appearances (25 starts), scoring three goals and adding 11 assists. A part of the Galaxy's successful MLS Cup-winning team, he scored vital goals in the MLS playoffs, including the only goal in the home leg of the Western Conference final against Seattle Sounders FC.
Sarvas collected four goals and six assists for LA Galaxy. His acrobatic right foot volley against San Jose Earthquakes (6/29) was voted as LA Galaxy’s Goal of the Year. He topped the team with 2,897 minutes, starting in all of his 33 appearances. His contribution to the team was acknowledged by Galaxy fans as he was named the 2013 LA Riot Squad Player of the Year.
Sarvas started in 22 games out of his 27 MLS appearances, tallying two goals and two assists, one of which was a powerful drive against Colorado Rapids (9/30) that earned him the AT&T Goal of the Week nomination for week 30.
PRIOR TO MLS EXPERIENCE
Sarvas joined the Galaxy from Costa Rica’s LD Aljuelense, where he helped the club reach the Torneo de Invierno final. He began his career in Brazil, but at the age of 23 signed with Karlskrona AIF in Sweden, moving a year later to Swedish club Mjallby AIF, and then to IF Limhamm Bunkeflo. Prior to the 2009-2010 season joined KSP Warszawa in Poland where he stayed one and a half years, scoring two goals. Transferred to Alajuelense on January 17, 2011.
Acquired from the Colorado Rapids on Feb. 1, 2016, in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2018 and Targeted Allocation Money.