Ilsinho has officially retired from professional soccer with a club announcement on Wednesday that includes the news that he will be the second individual to bang the six-foot tall drum before Saturday’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The drum debuted as a new pre-game activity at the season opener against Minnesota United. Ring of Honor member Sébastien Le Toux was the first to break in the oversized drum.
Ilsinho’s retirement is not a surprise considering he did not return to the team after an injury -plagued 2021 campaign. His last appearance in a Union uniform ended up being a 1-minute cameo against NYCFC on August 18.
Over six seasons with the club, the Brazilian scored 22 goals and dished out 20 assists in 130 appearances, more than half of those as a sub.
His jaw-dropping skill earned him the nickname Skilsinho and he was often referred to as a human cheat code because of how quickly he could turn a game around with dazzling defense-breaking moves.
A night to honor Skilsinho— PhilaUnion (@PhilaUnion) March 9, 2022
This Saturday, @Godex_77 will spend the night with us at @Subaru_Park! Come on down to honor a Union legend. ⚡️
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