The Oakland Roots are discussing a potential contract with Venezuelan free-agent Edgardo Rito, according to sources. Rito lines up along the wing as a natural right-back with experience at right-midfielder and right-winger.
Balonazos.com reported on Thursday that new head coach Juan Guerra is set to make his second signing with Rito after adding fellow Venezuelan Alejandro Fuenmayor the previous day.
Sources confirm that the Roots are interested in Rito and have been in contact with him, but a deal has not been finalized.
If we’ve learned anything about a Jordan Ferrell-roster, players need to be versatile. Rito is considered a “hybrid” type by the club and certainly fits that mold. According to Transfermarkt, Rito holds a market value of $275,000 as of June 7 and naturally plays right-back with right-midfielder and right-winger as secondary options.
Rito, 25, has recent USL Championship experience after making 34 appearances with the New York Red Bulls II from 2019-2020. He spent the 2021 season with Patriotas Boyacá in Colombia’s Categoría Primera A, appearing in 32 matches, scoring three times with two assists, and finished with 2,178 minutes.
Patriotas Boyaca officially announced that Rito would not be returning on Tuesday.
Rito’s career began with Atlético El Vigía F.C. in 2013-2014, making 26 appearances for the Primera Division side. From there, he had a brief stint with A.C.D. Lara and caught on with Estudiantes de Caracas in 2015 before being loaned from Yaracuyanos F.C. to Mineros de Guayana in 2016. With Mineros, he made 11 appearances, scored once, and helped the club qualify to the round of 16 of the Copa Venezuela.
The following season, Rito played for Patriotas Boyacá in Colombia and appeared in 26 games and then made 17 caps for Metropolitanos FC back in his home country in 2018. He caught on with the New York Red Bulls II in 2019 and earned a starting role before departing his second stint with Patriotas Boyaca.