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Eastern Moves on the Eve of the MLS Season Opener

Just in time for the season opener of the Columbus Crew the team announced that they had signed Brazilian forward Guilherme So. The 21 year old forward had been training with Columbus since they traveled to Florida in February. In the Crew’s pre season So has scored a goal and had an assist.

Before So signed with Columbus he had played only in Brazil beginning his career in the youth system of Internacional RS and then Gremio Porto Alegre RS in 2006. Last year he played with for G.E. Brasil de Pelotas. There were no terms of the deals that were confirmed but he was set to be ready for the season opener against Toronto FC.

Red Bulls Sign Forward Echeverry

Looking for more offense this season the New York Red Bulls recently signed forward Oscar Echeverry. Echeverry is a 31-year-old player from Medellin and has most recently played for Atletico Nacional from 2004-2007. The sporting director of the Red Bulls, former US National player, Jeff Agoos said, “Oscar brings us immediate depth to the forward position, and after seeing him train with us over the past few weeks, we expect him to compete for a starting role this season.”

Echeverry will count as an international on the Red Bull roster and has been training with New York since February. Echeverry is set to play in the opener against Columbus this Saturday.

The Red Bulls also recently signed 5 players to developmental contracts. South African midfielder Danleigh Borman, who was a 1st round pick in the MLS supplemental draft, was among 5 players signed to developmental contracts recently by the Red Bulls.  The other players signed by New York were midfielder Kevin Mesa, goalkeepers Danny Cepero and Caleb Patterson-Sewell and defenseman John Gilkerson.

Borman had 7 goals and 16 assists in 83 games with the University of Rhode Island and he will count as an international on the roster being form Cape Town South Africa. Mesa, who is from New York, joined the Red Bulls on a trial in January. He was recently with the Red Bulls Under-20 squad. He has also played with clubs in Europe and Colombia. Cepero played his college ball at Pennsylvania and was drafted in the supplemental draft of 2007. He played 8 games for the Red Bulls in the MLS Reserve League. Patterson-Sewell was with Cleveland of the United Soccer League’s Second Division in 2007. Gilkerson was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 supplemental draft and played at Winthrop University and with the Hampton Roads Piranhas (PDL).