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Updated with analysis: Revolution sign ‘versatile’ Bolivian defender Cristhian Machado

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First-year manager Brad Friedel said he wanted to get new faces in this week, and one is on its way.

The club announced Monday afternoon that it has made 28-year-old midfielder/defender Cristhian Machado its first signing of the Secondary Transfer Window. He will be added to the senior roster as soon as the club receives his international transfer certificate.

As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to photos sent to the media, Machado will wear No. 13 for The Boys In Blue.

Machado was, until recently, a member of C.D. Jorge Wilstermann, which plays in Bolivia's top division and mainly played for the club since turning pro in 2008. According to a news release from the Revolution, Machado totaled more than 145 league appearances, 120 starts, and two goals with Wilstermann from 2008-14 and 2015-18. He spent the 2014-15 season on loan with Bolivian club Sport Boys Warnes, where he played in 10 games, starting six.

For a six-month spell between January and July 2012, Machado played for the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Machado, who was reportedly linked to New England during the most recent offseason, features primarily as a defensive midfielder, but Revolution in-house writer Jeff Lemieux noted on Twitter his ability to play in the back.

“We are happy to add a talented and experienced player in Cristhian who is capable of contributing in a variety of positions and roles on the field,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “We believe his versatility and pedigree will immediately benefit the club and add competition to the roster.”

[caption id="attachment_432111" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Argentina's River Plate midfielder Ignacio Fernandez (C) vies for the ball with Bolivia's Wilstermann midfielder Cristhian Machado during their Copa Libertadores 2017 quarterfinals second leg football match at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 21, 2017. (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption]

At Wilstermann, his contributions helped the club claim the 2018 Torneo Apertura (fall) Championship after finishing at the top of the Serie A table. During the 2016-17 campaign, Machado earned 50 starting selections, made four additional substitute appearances, and contributed two goals. He also helped Wilstermann to the top spot in the 2015-16 Torneo Clausura (spring), a season in which he totaled 21 games played with 15 starts.

Machado, who holds a US green card and therefore will not cost the Revs an international slot, started 10 matches and made another appearance during the most recent Bolivian season.

In addition, Machado received several call-ups to the Bolivian national team during World Cup qualifying last year.

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