May 17, 2012
Bulls have no intentions of dealing Rafa
By Michael Lewis
|Rafa Marquez will remain a Red Bull, says GM Erik Soler.
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For all you Red Bull fans who want to see Rafa Marquez plying his trade somewhere else, sorry he is not going anywhere.
So says Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler.
The Major League Soccer team has no intentions of selling, transferring or trading the Mexican National Team captain.
"We have not had any discussions with Rafa or anybody else about moving him," Soler said during a Thursday afternoon conference call.
"There’s no way we’re doing anything with Rafa. We’re going to stick with him and we still believe he will produce."
Soler said that he speaks to Marquez just about every day.
"We don’t look for anything, he doesn’t look for anything else," he said. "For me Rafa is a Red Bull player and will be so, until the end of his contract. At that time we will decide if we should prolong it or not. But until that time, he’s here and that’s it."
With central midfielder Teemu Tainio facing an eight-week layoff, Marquez becomes a much more valuable piece for the Red Bulls.
"We have to think about the big picture," Soler said. "Sometimes we are disappoint with a player. Sometimes we are happy."
Marquez began the season on the sidelines, serving the final two games of a three-match suspension he incurred during the MLS Cup playoffs for inciting a post-game fracas for throwing the ball at LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan.
In April, Marquez was slapped with a three-game suspension for breaking the collarbone of San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas in a 2-2 draw.
Marquez played his first game since the ban as a central defender in a 3-2 win at the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. He set up the first goal and the game-winner by Kenny Cooper in the 78th minute.
"He did a great job in Philadelphia," Soler said. "He turned the game around for us. We hope he will continue to do it."