January 2, 2013
COMING, GOING, STAYING
A look at Red Bulls post-season deals to date
Even before the Red Bulls officially hire a new coach, they certainly have made many off-season moves.
|Jamison Olave is expected to fortify the Red Bulls' backline.
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They have made 11 headline-grabbing moves, with more expected to come.
Here is a quick look at their signings, comings and goings since they were eliminated from the playoffs on Nov. 8.
Nov. 9: Roxburgh named sporting director
The Red Bulls appointed former Scottish manager and UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh as sporting director. He took over the role and responsibilities that former sporting director and general manager Erik Soler had before he was replaced.
Nov. 9: Backe's won’t be rehired
The Red Bulls announced that they would not extend the contract of coach Hans Backe. The Swedish native directed the club since 2010.
Nov. 19: Options of 10 players won't be picked up
The Red Bulls announced that they would not pick up the team contract options for 10 players.
The list included:
Goalkeepers: Bill Gaudette, Jeremy Vuolo
Defenders: Jonathan Borrajo, Stephen Keel, Tyler Ruthven
Midfielders: Jan Gunnar Solli, Teemu Tainio
Forwards: Jose Angulo, Jhonny Arteaga, Corey Hertzog
Nov. 26: Lade, Barklage signed to new contracts
A week prior Roxburgh said the team was in the process of signing defender-midfielders Connor Lade and Brandon Barklage to new contracts. The Red Bulls made it official and signed both players. Specific terms were not disclosed on the new deals.
Dec. 3: Gallego's homegrown rights sent to Timbers for Kimura
The Red Bulls pulled the trigger of their first deal when they acquired defender Kosuke Kimura and a natural second round 2013 MLS SuperDraft choice from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money and the MLS Homegrown rights of defender Bryan Gallego. Kimura, who was out of contract, signed a new deal with the Red Bulls. The trade gave the Timbers the first right of refusal for the 19-year-old Gallego, a Kinnelon, N.J., native who is a former captain for the U.S. Under-18 National Team and is a member of the U.S. U-20 side.
Dec. 3: Espindola, Olave acquired for allocation money
The Red Bulls continued their wheeling and dealing that Monday by acquiring help for their forward and back lines from Real Salt Lake. They obtained striker Fabian Espindola and two-time MLS Best XI selection and 2010 MLS defender of the year Jamison Olave from RSL in exchange for allocation money.
Dec. 6: Le Toux traded to Union for Martinez
Sebastien Le Toux got his wish. He returned to the city of his greatest MLS moments. The Red Bulls dealt Le Toux to the Philadelphia Union for Costa Rican forward Josué Martinez and allocation money. Le Toux starred for the Union in 2011 before he was dealt to Vancouver.
Dec. 11: Academy players Castano, Moreno signed to homegrown contracts
Roxburgh said the new regime would put greater emphasis on signing American players. Roxburgh and team put their money where their money is, signing Red Bulls Academy goalkeeper Santiago Castano and forward Armando Moreno. They became the sixth and seventh academy products to sign with the team via the league's Homegrown Player rule. Both are 17.
Dec. 13: Marquez is given his release
The Red Bulls came to a mutual release agreement with the Mexican international defender-midfielder. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, although most likely the Red Bulls bought out Marquez's contract. He earned $4.6 million a year. The deal allowed the 33-year-old Marquez to sign with Leon (Mexico).
Dec. 14: FC Dallas selects Keel in MLS re-entry draft
The Red Bulls lost central defender Stephen Keel to FC Dallas in the MLS re-entry draft. Dallas holds the 29-year-old’s rights and can negotiate a new contract with Keel.
Dec. 17: Brazilian Juninho signs
The team inked one of its targets, Brazilian standout midfielder Juninho. At the age of 37 Juninho Pernambucano (his full name) became one of the oldest players signed by the 18-year-old Major League Soccer club. Lothar Matthaeus was 39 when he joined the MetroStars for the 2000 season. He is not to be confused with another Brazilian named Juninho, who helped the LA Galaxy to the MLS Cup title. The Brazilian won't be a designated player. Juninho, who turns 38 on Jan. 30, has forged a reputation as a deadly dead-ball specialist who can turn free kicks and corner kicks into goals.