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NYRB expecting stellar impact from ex-Lyon midfielder Juninho

New York Red Bulls interim head coach Mike Petke believes offseason signing Juninho Pernambucano will provide plenty of attacking opportunities for the club this year.

The 37-year old Brazilian midfielder has joined the Red Bulls from Vasco da Gama and Petke is expecting the former Lyon star to become a key link-up player behind the likes of Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper.

"One of the things we've lacked over the last couple of years is a player who can make that final pass, creatively," Petke told MLSsoccer.com.

"We've had patches where players have been able to do that, but what he is is that type of player that can really link up well with Henry or Cooper or whoever it is and provide that.

"His set pieces are phenomenal and I'm not so worried about his age and stuff because he just came off a season in Brazil and he did very well. He's still going at that age."

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