The New England Revolution have signed midfielder/defender Cristhian Machado, per a club press release. Machado will officially become a member of the senior roster upon receipt of his international transfer certificate (ITC).
Machado, 28, has spent most of his career playing in Bolivia’s top flight. He was most recently with Club Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann, which is his hometown club. Machado has collected more than 145 league appearances, 120 starts, and two goals with Wilstermann from 2008-14 and 2015-18. Machado also spent time with Bolivian club Sport Boys (2014-15) and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL (January through July, 2012).
Machado has primarily been used as a defensive midfielder, though he can play anywhere along the back line. It’s also worth noting that he was linked to the Revs during the Primary Transfer Window during the winter. By signing with the Revolution, Machado will be reunited with assistant coach Marcelo Neveleff, who he played under at Wilstermann from 2011-12.
“We are happy to add a talented and experienced player in Cristhian who is capable of contributing in a variety of positions and roles on the field,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “We believe his versatility and pedigree will immediately benefit the club and add competition to the roster.”
Machado holds a United States green card, which allows the Revs to make an additional international signing, if they chose to.