Panamanian right back Michael Amir Murillo, acquired by the Red Bulls on loan over the weekend from Panamanian club San Francisco FC, stepped right into the flow Sunday in his first training session.
“I thought Michael had a really good day,” said head coach Jesse Marsch. “Training was at a much higher level today. Michael fit right in. I thought he had a great day and held his own. He showed all the qualities that we thought he had.”
The qualities were evaluated by assistant coach Denis Hamlett and head scout Rob Elliot in person and in watching other games played by Murillo for San Francisco FC and Panama’s national team. At the club level he has played 42 games and scored three goals; since debuting for Panama less than a year ago he’s accrued nine caps and scored once.
Not bad for a 21-year-old who graduated from SFFC’s academy to the first team just three years ago. His loan runs through the MLS season. He will add depth at right back for a team desperate to avoid playoff fizzles in the past two seasons. “Michael is a player that we identified with our scouting network and have watched closely,” said Marsch. “He fits the way we want to play and will be a good addition to our group.”
Murillo played three Concacaf Champions League games for San Francisco FC in the 2015-16 edition of the tournament, but SFFC did not qualify for the 2016-17 competition and thus he is not cup-tied for the knockout rounds that start next week against Vancouver.