New York Red Bulls have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Luquinhas from Legia Warszawa. The move fills a pivotal role that was left abandoned by the sudden and fraught departure of Kaku after the 2020 season.
"We made it a priority to add a dynamic offensive player this off-season," said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. "His extensive experience, especially at the Champions League level, will be beneficial to our young roster."
Luquinhas will join as one of the elder members of the team at 25 years-old. He played 110 games for Warzawa and scored 12 goals while assisting with 18 others. The move gives head coach Gerhard Struber another attacking option and one that should fit in nicely with a team that is already on the front foot when thinking about scoring goals.
"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," said Struber.
The move was much anticipated with New York promising major signings this off-season. Luquinhas is another in a long list of transfers that appear to be moving the team in a direction that surrounds experience with youthful energy. This move, in particular, showcases just where the Red Bulls intend to go on the field and in the transfer market.
Luquinhas has committed to a three-year deal with New York, with a club option in 2025.