November 29, 2013
NEW DP PHILOSOPHY
Source: Red Bulls to go for substance over splash
By Kristian Dyer
|The Red Bulls will look toward players who will fit in well with the team rather than big names such as Thierry Henry.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
The Red Bulls plan to shift away from big name designated players, a league source told BigAppleSoccer.com.
The league source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the Red Bulls will be looking for more substance over splash with their next designated player signing and not necessarily just a big name.
While a big name could produce both results, the club sees more value now in bringing in someone who fits in the team's current set-up and not trying to build around just one player, the source added.
The move comes in sporting director Andy Roxburgh's second year with the Red Bulls and fits in well with how he built this past season's Supporters Shield winning side. The Red Bulls eschewed big name acquisitions, instead looking for balance and the right fit.
New York played the entirety of last season with former French international striker Thierry Henry and current Australian national team midfielder Tim Cahill as their designated players, leaving one designated player slot unfilled.
One player the source said does fit that mold is Park Ji-Sung, who is currently on loan from Queens Park Rangers with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.
Park, 32, has made 100 appearances with the South Korean national side.