New York Red Bulls Sign N.J. Native Jonathan Borrajo

Managing Director Erik Soler looks on during a press conference to introduce Rafa Marquez to the New York Red Bulls on August 3 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls signed New Jersey native Jonathan Borrajo.

The New York Red Bulls today announced the signing of Clifton, N.J. native Jonathan Borrajo.

Borrajo, a 5-foot-9, 165 pound defender, was most recently a member of Hamarkameratene in Norway's second division. He played in 36 matches for the team last season and helped the side achieve promotion to the first division.

Borrajo played right back for Hamarkameratene although he can also fill in at left back or as a defensive midfielder. He describes himself as having an attacking style as he likes to play up and down the wings.

Before playing in Norway, Borrajo played in the USL second division for the Real Maryland Monarchs. He served as the club's captain in 2009.

Red Bulls general manager Erik Solér said about the signing

"We believe that Jonathan is an exciting player who can compete for a spot in our starting lineup," said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. "Jonathan was an important part in helping his old team reach promotion to the Norwegian First Division and we are thrilled to be bringing in a young, local product to MLS and back to his hometown club." (via New York Red Bulls.com)

Borrajo is excited to be joining the Red Bulls

"It's a dream come true,'' said Borrajo. "I grew up around the area and the MetroStars, I used to come to games as a kid with my family and went up through the MetroStars and Red Bulls Academy. It's a dream come true; hard work pays off and I'm glad to be here.'' (via New York Post)

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