Rafael Marquez Signs with New York Red Bulls

David HartContributor IAugust 2, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Rafael Marquez of Mexico in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Argentina and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Mexican captain Rafael Marquez has signed with the MLS team, New York Red Bulls, becoming their third designated player along with Juan Pablo Angel and recently-signed superstar Thierry Henry.

The 31-year-old has spent the last seven years of his playing career with Spanish giants FC Barcelona, but was released on Saturday and has joined the Red Bulls on a free transfer.

New York coach Hans Backe has said he is looking for Marquez to play in the midfield to support Henry and Angel.

With Barcelona, Marquez won four league titles and two Champions Leagues. This massive signing will help the campaign to up the American game.

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