The 2013 MLS Supporters’ Shield-winning New York Red Bulls announced today that they have signed defender Armando (full name: Armando Lozano Sanchez). Armando will be added to 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.”
Armando was most recently playing for Spanish second division side, Cordoba, in December 2012 following a short stint at Mexico’s Veracruz. In 2009, the 29-year-old 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.
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.
The Red Bulls begin their 2014 regular season schedule at BC Place, hitting the road to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 PM. Tickets to the Red Bulls’ first regular season game at Red Bull Arena on March 15 against the Colorado Rapids at 4:00 PM are on sale now by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.
Weight: 175 pounds
Day of Birth: December 16, 1984 in Motril, Spain
Hometown: Motril, Spain
Previous Club: Cordoba (Spain)
How Acquired: Signed on January 23, 2014