The New York Red Bulls have completed the transfer of forward Muhamed Keita from Polish side Lech Poznan, pending receipt of his ITC, the club announced. Keita has received his P-1 Visa.
“We are excited to welcome Muhamed to our club,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “He is an experienced player that has the ability to play as a forward, or on either wing. We think that his skill set can transfer well to MLS and fit our style of play.”
Keita, 26, began his professional career with Stromsgodset in Norway, graduating from the youth system to the senior team in 2007. He made 125 appearances for the club between 2008 and 2014 when he moved to Poznan. He then spent time on loan with Stabaek in 2015, where he was coached by Bob Bradley.
Following his time at Stabaek in 2015, Keita was loaned back to Stromsgodset, spent more time at Stabaek, and played for Velerenga Oslo in 2017. In all, he has totaled 212 professional appearances, with 36 goals and 20 assists.
Keita was born in Gambia but has represented Norway at youth international levels. During his career, he has won the Polish Championship, the Norwegian Championship and the Norwegian Cup.
In addition, the Red Bulls have loaned Panamanian center back Fidel Escobar from Sporting San Miguelito pending receipt of his ITC, the club announced today. Escobar, 22, joins on an 18-month loan, through the end of the 2018 season.
Escobar began his professional career at San Francisco FC before moving to Sporting San Miguelito, also in Panama City. Fellow Red Bull Michael Amir Murillo is currently on loan from San Francisco FC. Murillo and Escobar have been teammates at both the youth and senior levels for Panama.
He most recently spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Sporting B, the reserve side for Sporting CP in Portugal. While on loan to Sporting B he made 14 appearances, including 12 starts, and scored one goal in the Ledman Liga Pro season.
The Panama City native earned his first senior cap in February of 2015 in a friendly against the United States. He appeared in three of Panama’s 2017 Gold Cup matches, including the quarterfinal loss to Costa Rica.