Red Bulls sign Spanish centerback Armando

Red Bulls sign Spanish centerback Armando

MLS- New York Red Bulls

Red Bulls sign Spanish centerback Armando

Armando Lozano Barcelona B (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls can cross off signing a third centerback from their to-do list.

The Red Bulls announced on Thursday morning that they have signed Spanish defender Armando, who joins the club after most recently playing for Spanish second division side Cordoba. Lozano, 29, will be added the New York’s roster after he passes a physical and the club receives receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

“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.”

Prior to playing for Cordoba, Armando had stops at Mexican outfit Veracruz and Barcelona B. He has also played for several other clubs in his career, including Levante and Malaga.

The signing of Armando helps the Red Bulls address one of their areas of concern heading into the 2014 season. New York was down to three centerbacks after parting ways with starter Markus Holgersson earlier this month, but now has some added depth ahead of what will be a busy year.

Armando joins Jamison Olave, Ibrahim Sekagya and Matt Miazga as centerbacks on the Red Bulls’ roster.

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