August 20, 2013
THE PAPER CHASE IS OVER
With his P-1 visa secured, Australian international Carney expected to train with Red Bulls on Thursday
The Red Bulls' newest signing David Carney has his visa and now it's a matter of getting acclimated to his new teammates, according to head coach Mike Petke.
Carney, an Australian international who can play midfield or defense on the left side, is expected to train with his new team on Thursday, after obtaining his P-1 visa.
"As far as I know and I can put 99 percent on it, he will be here tonight and he has his visa," Petke said during his weekly Tuesday conference call with the media. "That is the latest report I've got so he won't be at practice as far as I know today. we have off tomorrow [Wednesday], so Thursday he should be at practice, ready to practice with the visa."
Petke is looking forward to getting Carney training with the team at the team's new training facility in Hanover, N.J. for several reasons.
"He's a versatile [player] who is easily comfortable to play two positions on the left side," he said. "He's a midfielder and he has a lot of experience at left back. He's got great pace, very attack-minded. That's someone who we thought would be smart to bring in to this mix. He came highly recommended from reliable sources that we trust. He had a look at him. The deal made sense to us to add depth and to push guys who are working hard to keep their starting positions. It was a no brainer."
The 29-year-old Carney is expected to come off the bench in his early appearances, giving the team some much-needed depth at both positions. But Petke certainly did not discount the veteran from becoming a starter if the situation arises.
"Every player on this roster has the potential to start," Petke said. "There is no one person that we say will never start. If he comes in and he's better than what we have, and he clearly outworks them, as I've said all year long to you guys, I always look for separation at positions. If he comes in here and he's better than what we have ... I might start him. The initial thought process right now is to get him acclimated and he is a depth player."
Carney most recently performed with FC Bunyodkor in Uzbetkistan. He started his career with Everton (England), where he competed in academy and reserve sides. In 2005, Carney joined A-League club, Sydney FC and helped his team qualify for the Club World Championship. Carney earned his first call-up to the Australian National Team in 2006.
Carney has earned 46 caps for Australia and scored six goals. He was part of the Socceroos’ 2010 World Cup and 2007 and 2011 Asian Cup squads.