Brazilian star Juninho signs with Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls have added another star attacker to their squad. On Monday the club formally announced the singing of Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano, popularly known to the world simply as Juninho.
The player, 37, joins the Red Bulls after two seasons with Vasco Da Gama in his native Brazil. Juninho gained notoriety in the soccer world for his eight-season stint at French club Olypique Lyon. An icon of the club, Juninho led Lyon to seven straight league championships from 2002 through 2008, scoring 100 goals in 348 appearances with the club. During this time Juninho became known as one of the best free kick takers ever to play the game.
Juninho has also made 47 appearances and scored seven goals for the Brazilian national team. He was on Brazilian squads for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the 2001 Copa America.
Terms of the deal with the Red Bulls were not disclosed, so it is unknown for sure if Juninho will be added to the New York's roster as a Designated Player. If not, that would indicate that the Red Bulls would be paying him less than $350,000 per season. Juninho will be the second player of his name currently in MLS. The Los Angeles Galaxy won the 2012 MLS Cup with the 23-year-old Juninho playing a crucial central role in midfield alongside David Beckham.