January 23, 2014
BULKING UP AT CENTER BACK
Red Bulls sign Spanish defender Armando
The Red Bulls bulked up at the center back position on Thursday as they announced they had signed defender Armando.
|Jamison Olave (above) will get some help at center back in the person of Spanish defender Armando.
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His full name is Armando Lozano Sanchez.
Armando will be added to the team's roster after he passes a physical and the club receives receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
The Red Bulls have been looking for another center back after they released Swedish defender Markus Holgersson last month.
“Armando provides us with another experienced option at centerback and we are delighted to have agreed to terms with him,” Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. “He has played at a good level for many years, serving as the captain for Barcelona’s B team in the past, and we are excited to bring his leadership and technical qualities to our club.”
Armando most recently played for Spanish second division side, Cordoba, in December 2012 following a short stint at Mexico’s Veracruz. In 2009, the 29-year-old defender joined FC Barcelona’s B team, where he amassed a total of 51 appearances over three seasons and captained the side during parts of his tenure.
The 6-1, 175-lb. Armando started his career at Motril in 2002 before moving onto Malaga’s B team, playing there from 2003-2006. In 2006, Armando joined Malaga’s first team, making 25 appearances that season. The 6-1, 175 pound defender moved onto Levante in 2007, before joining FC Cartagena, helping that club win promotion.