New York Red Bulls

NY Red Bulls sign Luquinhas as Designated Player

Lizzy Becherano
Luquinhas joins as New York Red Bulls' newest Designated Player
Luquinhas joins as New York Red Bulls' newest Designated Player / SOPA Images/GettyImages

The New York Red Bulls have brought in a Designated Player ahead of the 2022 Major League Soccer season. 

RBNY have signed Brazilian midfielder Luquinhas from Polish side Legia Warsaw to fulfill the coveted roster position. He joins on a three-year MLS contract with a club option for 2025.

“We are delighted to add Luquinhas to our senior roster,” head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a release. “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.”

The Brazilian arrives after recording 12 goals and 18 assists in 110 matches for Legia Warsaw. He also led the team 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,” head coach Gerhard Struber said in a release. “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.”

Luquinhas joins striker Patryk Klimala as a Designated Player for the Red Bulls.