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Luquinhas Departs Red Bulls for Brazil

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

New York Red Bulls attacking player Luquinhas has ended his time in Major League Soccer and will move to Brazilian first division club Fortaleza Esporte Clube according to the team. The move had been heavily rumored for weeks and now has been confirmed, opening up another designated player spot for the club.

"Luquinhas was a great representative of our club," said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. "We wish him and his family all the best in this next step."

Luquinhas joined the Red Bulls in 2022, playing in a majority of their games over that span. In total he netted eight goals and seven assists over two seasons, helping the team reach the playoffs in both campaigns. The highly touted winger made waves in Legia Warszawa before joining the club, leading many to believe that he was ready to take the next step in helping the club achieve their ultimate goal of winning MLS Cup.

His departure does leave a hole in the club which has seen more exits than entries thus far this off-season. while Emil Forsberg represents one of the biggest signings for the club in recent memory, attacking players such as Tom Barlow, Omir Fernandez, Dru Yearwood and Jorge Cabezas-Hurtado have all departed the club. 

The team still has strong options off the bench and a returning Lewis Morgan to balance out the attack. Whether the club needs to supplement the roster with more players before a very congested season remains to be seen.


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