This week the New England Revolution signed two international center backs in Antonio Delamea and Benjamin Angoua. The moves prompted us to track down John Lozano, a Colombian defender that signed with the Revs in 2012.
Career with the Revolution
Lozano arrived in New England after nine years as a professional in his home country. Although not a big name, the signing had promise, as Lozano was a young player (27 at the time) with good size (6’2, 180 lbs). In a press release, General Manager Michael Burns touted Lozano as a “a strong central defender who reads the game well.”
It would take all of one game to see Lozano’s weaknesses. In the Revolution’s season opener, the Colombian looked foolish as Shea Salinas and Chris Wondolowski combined for the game’s only goal. That night would be one of two appearances that Lozano would make for the Revolution before he was waived on June 27.
Where is he now?
After a failed, injury-plagued stint in the United States, Lozano returned to Colombia, first joining Cucuta Deportivo. Here, he would make 40 appearances before moving to Atletico Huila. Lozano would spend a year with Deportivo Cali before returning to Huila.
Lozano has found success in Colombia, as he helped Deportivo Cali lift the league championship in 2015. One year later, his club was runner-up for the Super Cup.
Do the Revs miss him?
Lozano was a failed experiment that didn’t last long. It’s often said that foreign players have a hard time adjusting to MLS, a rule that Lozano helped prove. Hopefully Delamea and Angoua will find more success.
Lozano’s struggles led to the emergence of Stephen McCarthy, who partnered regularly with A.J. Soares.
Ah, yes, McCarthy. Now that’s a player the Revs might miss...