HARRISON, N.J. (February 16, 2022) – The New York Red Bulls have completed the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Luquinhas from Legia Warszawa and signed him to a three-year MLS contract with a club option in 2025, pending P-1 visa and ITC, the club announced today. Luquinhas will fill a Designated Player and International spot on New York’s senior roster.
“We are delighted to add Luquinhas to our senior roster,”said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. “We made it a priority to add a dynamic offensive player this offseason and he fits the bill. His extensive experience, especially at the Champions League level, will be beneficial to our young roster.”
HIGHLIGHTS | LUQUINHAS
Luquinhas, 25, has amassed 14 goals and 24 assists over 149 matches played in 11,007 minutes logged. The Ceilândia, Brazil, native has been with Legia Warszawa for the last two-and-half seasons, accruing 110 matches played with 12 goals and 18 assists, which includes two goals in eight Champions League Qualifying matches. He has led Legia Warszawa to back-to-back Ekstraklasa league titles and was named 2020-21 Ekstraklasa Midfielder of the Season.
“I am pleased to welcome Luquinhas to our team,” said Head Coach Gerhard Struber. “His ability to turn under pressure with his back to goal to create half spaces and driving into space and drawing defenders in to create chances for himself or teammates will be helpful for our team moving forward.”
Prior to Legia Warszawa, Luquinhas began his senior professional career with UD Vilafranquense at 18-years-old. He made six starts during his first professional season and tallied two goals and one assist. The Brazilian midfielder then had stops at Benefica B (2016-17; 14 appearances and one assist) and Desportivo Aves (2017-19; 18 appearances and four assists).
TRANSACTION: The New York Red Bulls have completed the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Luquinhas from Legia Warszawa and signed him to a three-year MLS contract with a club option in 2025, pending P-1 visa and ITC, on February 16, 2022.
Birthname: Lucas Lima Linhares
Place of Birth: Ceilândia, Brazil
Previous Club: Legia Warszawa