July 09, 2008

Juan Carlos Osorio's renovations in New York continued on Tuesday afternoon. Just days after bringing in Venezuelan international Jorge Rojas, the Red Bulls completed the signing of young Mexican defender Diego Jimenez, according to the New York Post.

Jimenez is the third foreigner signed by the Red Bulls in the past week. Along with Rojas, Argentine Juan Pietravallo arrived at Giants Stadium last week. And Osorio hinted that he is not done yet.

Most recently with Mexican Primera club Tecos, the 6-foot Jimenez had been on Osorio's short list for several months. The 22-year-old made 26 appearances for Tecos between 2005 and 2008, but recently fell out of favor at the Estadio Tres de Marzo.

Now he will look to bolster one of the weakest back lines in MLS. New York has given up 22 goals, second most in the Eastern Conference behind D.C. United. Jimenez is expected to lineup on the left side of the defense.

Most foreign signings must wait to get their visa before taking the field. But it turns out that Jimenez, unlike Rojas and Pietravallo, has a green card, due to his being married to an American citizen. He should be available as soon as the transfer window opens on the 15th, and could play in New York's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 19.

"Hopefully they will all be ready to play," Osorio said in the Post report. "I mean, they are from training, but hopefully paperwork, immigration, we'll resolve that and they will be in contention in a few days. I'm involving them as much as I can and after Kansas City, next week, I am planning on having them."

Osorio added, "And we might bring somebody else. We'll see."

Rumor is that Osorio is set to sign Venezuelan international defender Gabriel Cichero. Currently, the 24-year-old is with Deportivo Italia, in the Venezuelan First Division.

"There is a very good chance,'' Osorio concluded.

-- Goal.com

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