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Rowdies look to Colombia to find new forward Carlos Preciado

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Players are coming from all over the world to help out the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The team signed its second player in two days Tuesday, agreeing with Colombia’s Carlos Preciado. The team had signed Danish midfielder Martin Vingaard the day before.

Preciado, 31, has played for some of the biggest teams in Colombia, including America de Cali and Millonarios, as well as Peru’s most popular club, Alianza Lima last year. He arrives with experience in both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, the two biggest club competitions in South America.

“Carlos is quick and strong,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “Those are the first things our fans will notice about him, and he’s a player they’ll enjoy getting to watch. He makes good runs in behind defenders to get himself into good positions.”

In 2014, Preciado scored ten league goals for Peru’s León de Huánuco before securing a move to Alianza Lima. While in the capital city, Preciado scored eight league goals. He most recently played for Qatar’s Al Sailiya, where he scored four goals in 10 games before signing with Tampa Bay.

“Carlos comes here with experience playing for big clubs in South America,” Campbell said. “His experience in a competition like the Copa Libertadores will be invaluable for some of our players to learn from. He knows his way around the game, and it’s always great to have players like that in the dressing room to share their experiences.”

The Rowdies host the first-place New York Cosmos at home Saturday.

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