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EL PASO, Texas – El Paso USL announced on Friday it had signed defender Daniel Navarro, who brings experience from Miami United as well as SC Sao Paulo in Campeonato Brasilerio Serie D and Campeonato Gaucho in Brazil to the club.
Navarro joins Omar Salgado and Derek Gebhard, pending league and federation approval, bringing the roster to three signed players thus far for the club’s inaugural 2019 season.
“[Navarro] will be a crucial part of the group we are putting together here in El Paso,” said El Paso USL Head Coach Mark Lowry. “He played at a good level in Brazil and spent time in the NASL, so he is familiar with playing in the U.S. As a center back, he is a fierce competitor who is strong in the air and good in 1-v-1 situations, but even more importantly for us, he is comfortable with the ball at his feet and playing out of the back. He will add a healthy competition for places within our squad.”
The 27-year-old defender was born in Massachusetts and returned to his family’s home country of Brazil at age two, where he spent much of his life and professional career.
“I am so glad to have signed with El Paso USL,” said Daniel. “I already have experience playing in the USA, but this will be my first time in the USL and seeing a new club come together is exciting for me as a player. I believe the El Paso community has a lot of expectations for us. Combining our work and their support will be important for us to have a great first season.”