YEAR IN REVIEW: Michael Amir Murillo

In his first year with the New York Red Bulls, defender Michael Amir Murillo made 20 appearances. Out of those 20 appearances, Murillo started 18 games and scored two goals in the process, en route to completing his transfer from San Francisco FC on November 27.

Murillo featured in 1316 minutes for the Red Bulls during the MLS regular and started all three of the Red Bulls playoff matches this year.

According to Luis Robles, the Panamanian defender impressed his teammates more and more as the season progressed.

“You look at Amir. A guy who came into the season, no one knew who he was,” Robles stated. “Yet they were preaching about how this guy is a big game player.”

However, Murillo quickly became a familiar face in the Red Bulls defense and impressed those around him with his play.

“He’s already played for Panama and qualifying, and he knows what it’s going to take,” Robles added. “He just continued to grow in a way that makes you feel the same way as Aaron [Long.]”

Over the course of the year, Murillo appeared for the Panamanian Men’s National Team, helping the Central American nation earn a bid to the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.

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