December 20, 2012
OFF THEIR RADAR
Source: Red Bulls have no interest in pursuing Rodgers
By Kristian R. Dyer
|The Red Bulls will not pursue bringing back Luke Rodgers for 2013, according to a source.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
He’s short, he fights, he’s nowhere in their sights, he’s Luke Rodgers.
According to a source in Major League Soccer, the Red Bulls have taken the former Notts County forward off their radar and are no longer pursuing the Englishman who at one time was an integral part of their attack.
Rodgers, who scored nine goals for the Red Bulls in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite, failed to get his work visa renewed for last season aand had spells in Norway and England.
Reports this past fall had indicated that Rodgers was trying again to get his visa to rejoin the Red Bulls this year but that may be a moot point.
A source within the league with knowledge of the situation said that “there is no indication from the requisite paperwork needed to bring in Luke that the Red Bulls are bringing him back. In fact, everything has been quiet on that front.” The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not able to comment publicly on player personnel moves for individual teams.
The source added, “I would be shocked if Rodgers is back this season. Every indication points to him not being a part of this team in 2012 and likely beyond. The new management in New York has moved on.”
Rodgers was a favorite of former coach Hans Backe, whose contract was not renewed after this season.