Red Bulls signs Brazilian midfielder Juninho
Harrison, NJ – Red Bull New York announced on Monday that the club has signed Brazilian midfielder Juninho, who will be officially added to the team's roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
The 37-year-old joins New York from Brazilian First Division side Vasco da Gama, where he netted 14 goals in 50 games over the past two seasons.
Prior to arriving at Vasco, Juninho spent one season in Qatar with Al-Gharafa and helped the club win the league title while earning Player of the Year honors.
"Juninho is a world class player who our global sporting director, Gerard Houllier, and I have known and admired for many years," said Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh. "Aside from being a top dead ball specialist and a tremendous talent, Juninho is a fantastic professional both on and off the field. He is in great physical shape and we think he can make a positive impact for us in 2013."
The former Brazil international is best known for his time in France with Lyon from 2001-09 as helped the club capture seven successive Ligue 1 titles and tallied 100 goals in 344 games.
On the international level, Juninho earned 47 caps for Brazil and scored seven goals.
He was a member of Brazil's 2006 World Cup team before retiring from the international game after the tournament.