It took longer than expected but Cristhian Machado is now a member of the New England Revolution, and he couldn’t be happier.
Rumors emerged in the winter that the Revs were interested in adding the defensive midfielder, who was then playing for Jorge Wilstermann of Bolivia. When The Bent Musket spoke to Machado via a translator, the player explained that the move never materialized because of financial complications between himself and Wilstermann.
Several months later, Machado was finally able to make the move to New England.
Machado believes that the deal puts him in a good position to further his career, stating that many Bolivians stay in their homeland for their entire lives. More than that, he hopes to help his new club win the elusive MLS Cup.
The United States won’t be completely foreign to Machado, as he has family in Virginia and spent some time with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Also helping his comfort level is being reunited with Revolution assistant coach Marcelo Neveleff.
Machado stated that both he and Neveleff, who he met during his time at Wilstermann, hoped to work with each other again. This hope has been realized and Machado believes it will be beneficial for both parties.
Machado has only been with the Revolution for just over a week, but he’s already in contention for minutes ahead of this Saturday’s game against Orlando City SC. Upon signing, he was touted for his versatility. When asked about his best position, Machado said he will give his best no matter where head coach Brad Friedel plays him.
Note: This interview was conducted via a translator. As a result, all quotes are paraphrased.