New York Red Bulls have signed Juninho Pernambucano from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.
Capped nearly 50 times by Brazil, Juninho spent eight years in France with Lyon during a period in which he played under current Red Bulls' global sporting director Gerard Houllier and won seven league titles.
Speaking to the club’s official website, sporting director Andy Roxburgh said: “Juninho is a world-class player who our global sporting director, Gerard Houllier, and I have known and admired for many years.
“Aside from being a top dead-ball specialist and a tremendous talent, Juninho is a fantastic professional both on and off the field. He is in great physical shape and we think he can make a positive impact for us in 2013.”
The midfielder, who turns 38 next month, will be added to the Red Bulls’ roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate. The details of his contract were not disclosed.
Still without a coach following their decision to release Swedish coach Hans Backe, speculation is rife that the Red Bulls will offer Gary McAllister the position. The former Liverpool midfielder acted as assistant to Houllier at Aston Villa.