January 23, 2013
SOME STRIKING SIGNINGS
Angel signs with Atletico Nacional (Colombia), Hertzog agrees to terms with Vancouver
Two former Red Bulls strikers, one who set a standard at the club, and another who never really got a chance to play, signed with other teams on Wednesday.
|Juan Pablo Angel celebrates ones of his record 58 goals he scored for the Red Bulls.
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Juan Pablo Angel, the Red Bulls' all-time goal-scorer, signed a contract with Atletico Nacional, a Colombian team with which he made his professional debut in 1993.
Corey Hertzog inked a contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.
Angel, 37, scored a team-record 58 goals in 102 matches over four seasons with the Red Bulls, was a beloved figure with the club.
He also was with Atletico, which was a reason he will return to the team.
“I want to return to that place where I first felt important,” Angel was quoted by Goal.com. “At Nacional I have that feeling again and [they] have the support of the best fans of the country. There is always a place in my memory no matter the years that have passed.
“I'll be back with the responsibility to give back what I have learned, to give myself to this team already swollen with heart and soul as it always did, now [it is time for the] homecoming.”
Angel, who reportedly will complete a medical exam on Thursday, officially will be unveiled by the team on Sunday, Goal.com reported.
After the Red Bulls announced the former Colombian international striker would not return for the 2011, he was selected by the LA Galaxy in the MLS re-entry and was reunited with his former coach, Bruce Arena. After a struggling LA, Angel was traded to Chivas USA. There, he had some success, scoring four times in MLS play and five goals in all competitions.
He was not selected in last month's re-entry draft.
Hertzog, 22, the Red Bulls' first-round pick (13th overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, made seven appearances in all competitions with the Red Bulls over two seasons, scoring once in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup.
He was one of three players signed by the Whitecaps, along with midfielder-striker Paulo Jr. and striker Tom Heinemann. As per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
“Paulo Jr. is a tricky midfielder and brings good pace to the wing, Tommy is a big forward who holds the ball well and offers us something a little different than the rest of our forwards and Corey is a smart player with natural goal scoring ability,” Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie said. “All three players are capable of contributing to our attack, but they will need to work hard to earn a regular spot on the roster.”
Last season the 6-foot, 175-pound Penn State product was loaned to Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO, registering 11 goals and five assists in 20 matches.
As a member of the Nittany Lions, the Reading, Pa., native scored 33 goals and recorded 14 assists in 61 matches. In 2010, his junior year, Hertzog led NCAA Division I in goals scored when he connected 20 times and was named a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy – annual NCAA award present to the nation’s best college soccer player.