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November 20, 2012
Roxburgh: Red Bulls will re-sign Lade, Barklage

Connor Lade will have a new contract for the 2013 MLS season, Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said.
Connor Lade will have a new contract for the 2013 MLS season, Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said.
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By Michael Lewis Editor

HARRISON, N.J. -- At least two young American players will be back with the Red Bulls next season -- defender-midfielder Connor Lade and right back Brandon Barklage.

In fact, the Red Bulls want to re-sign both players to new contracts, according to the Red Bulls' new sporting director Andy Roxburgh.

In his first meeting with the Red Bulls media on Tuesday, Roxburgh praised Lade, who added positive energy in the midfield and in the back this past season.

Roxburgh called the former St. John's standout a "good boy. He's done well here. We will reward him by re-signing here."

Barklage said the team wanted to re-sign Barklage, a formermidfielder who played a solid right back before he was injured.

Roxburgh said the team is pursuing several American players with background in Major League Soccer.

"We are actually negotiating right now in terms of making new acquisitions as well -- with MLS experiences-- in their 20's and who we think can add another dimension."

As for some of the 10 players the Red Bulls announced they were not picking up their option for 2013, some will be invited to pre-season camp, Roxburgh said.

"It's not exactly that we don't want them," he said. "They might come back for the pre-season. There is one or two that we would like to see then.

"In a couple of cases they wanted to see what the options would be and we can't stand in the way of that."

Defender Tyler Ruthven, one of those 10 players, said on Monday that he would be back in camp.

Forward Corey Hertzog, the Red Bulls' top choice from the 2011 MLS SuperDraft whose contract the team would not renewed for next season, has graduated from being a Generation adidas player, Roxburgh said.
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