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November 20, 2012
Roxburgh isn't in favor of offseason player loans, but would consider each request

Andy Roxburgh says he is not in favor of players performing on loan in Europe.
Andy Roxburgh says he is not in favor of players performing on loan in Europe.
By Michael Lewis Editor

HARRISON, N.J. -- Andy Roxburgh is not in favor of any player performing in Europe or England over the winter break, but the Red Bulls' new sporting director says that he would consider each request on an individual basis.

Roxburgh would prefer not to have players playing in the off-season. He wants them to recharge their batteries. Red Bulls training camp is expected to begin in January.

On Monday, midfielder Tim Cahill told the Liverpool Echo that he would like to play for his former English Premier League club, Everton, for several weeks when the winter transfer window opens in January. Last winter team captain and striker Thierry Henry played several weeks for his old EPL club, Arsenal.

"In general terms, I would say it would be something we would [want]," Roxburgh said during his first meeting with Red Bulls media at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday morning. "I think the length of the season we have here, when they get the break over the Christmas, New Year's period, they need to regenerate themselves. I would say in general we would not be too positive about letting them go."

No players had asked for permission to play during the winter, Roxburgh said.

"Right now we don't have any requests for that," he said. "No one has requested for anyone to go on loan. If such a request came in, then we would have review each one. It could be that something that can be helpful. The player has been injured and they need to come back in a competitive arena. It's possible.

"But it depends on the individual, it depends on the circumstances. You cannot say never on that one. But it's unlikely. It's unlikely at the moment that that would happen."

On Monday, Cahill told the Echo that he wanted to play with Everton.

"I know I have a lot more to offer," he was quoted by the Echo. "The main thing is that I get to enjoy to MLS but I also get the chance of joining back up in the Premier League and playing in the best league in the world.

"There is no shadow of a doubt, I am eager to come back. Hopefully something can be done [with Everton]. It would be nice but it is not down to me. I have to respect that sometimes the ship has sailed."

According to, Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud told RTL, a Luxembourg radio station that Henry trained with the team and that he did not know if he would return to the U.S.

That began speculation that the former French international striker could have a second loan spell with his former EPL, according to the website.

Henry was back at RBA on Tuesday, training with the Red Bulls.

Roxburgh said he was impressed with Cahill's conduct after the Red Bulls were eliminated by D.C. United, 1-0, in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals two weeks ago. The Australian international midfielder shook hands with the fans after the match at RBA as he toured the stadium without a shirt in the cold.

"What he did here after the last match was fantastic," Roxburgh said. "He went along the bottom line -- shaking hands. That's a pro."
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