Venezuelan national team defender Gabriel Cichero has received his work visa and will be in uniform for the New York Red Bulls for tonight’s match against FC Barcelona (7pm, ESPN2).
Cichero joins the Red Bulls on loan from Venezuelan club Deportivo Italia and is expected to slide into a starting central defense role (though he is unlikely to start tonight). His size, strength and passing ability are expected to provide a sorely-needed upgrade to a Red Bulls defense that has allowed 27 goals this year, third most in MLS.
Cichero is the fourth new player to join the Red Bulls in recent weeks. He joins compatriot Jorge Rojas, Mexican defender Diego Jimenez and Argentine midfielder Juan Pietravallo, who have all signed within the past month.
What do you think about Cichero? Will he help the Red Bulls avoid being embarassed tonight by Barcelona? Are the Red Bulls any closer to escaping the Eastern Conference basement?
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