Empire of Soccer reported it Tuesday and today it was made official: The Red Bulls have signed Armando Lozano.
The former Barcelona B defender joins the team from
Grenada Granada, where, as we've noted previously, he was a spot starter at best. Here the 29-year-old Lozano -- or Armando, as the team's press release calls him -- will likely play a similar role, unless Andy Roxburgh and Mike Petke see something the entirety of Spain missed.
We've gone over why this move is "meh" in the past, so we'll refrain from doing so here. We'll just leave it to Roxburgh to tell you why it's good. The Red Bulls' Sporing Director, courtesy the release...
"Armando provides us with another experienced option at centerback and we are delighted to have agreed to terms with him," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "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."
Lozano...er...Armadno fills the gap left by the departed Markus Holgersson, a cap casualty. For the right price he could be a useful pick up, but only for that right price. As we've noted before, there's no reason this role couldn't be filled by a cheaper, American option.