RBNY Add Panamanian Defender Murillo

Red Bull New York added some much needed defensive depth by adding Panamanian international Michael Amir Murillo on loan. The 21-year-old right back spent the previous season with San Francisco FC of Panama’s domestic league, Liga Panameña de Fútbol.

With the departure of Chris Duvall and the continued injury rehab of Connor Lade, RBNY’s lack of defensive-wing depth had become noticible in the preseason. Justin Bilyeu has struggled in his time on the back line which left Sal Zizzo and Kemar Lawrence, and his extensive injury history, as the only two reliable options on the outside.

“Michael is a player that we identified with our scouting network and have watched closely,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. “He fits the way we want to play and will be a good addition to our group.”

“I went down to see Michael play in person with our Head Scout Rob Elliot and we were impressed,” said Red Bulls first assistant Denis Hamlett. “After watching him play and speaking with him, we believe that Michael fits our club philosophy and we are glad to add him to our team for 2017.”

Murillo also has nine appearances and one goal for the Panama National Team. He made his senior team debut in March of 2016 in a friendly against Nicaragua. He also represented Panama in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana in January, when Panama made the tournament’s final.

RBNY continue their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Wednesday, February 22nd against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Murillo has three appearances in the tournament from the 2015/16 edition.

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