January 29, 2014
A tale of two Miguel Ibarras
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
It is a tale of two Miguel Ibarras. And for a sportswriter, it wasn't "The best of times or the worst of times" but it sure was a confusing time.
Last Friday, BigAppleSoccer.com first reported about the Red Bulls bringing on board three trialists, one of which was North American Soccer League star Miguel Ibarra, a midfielder for Minnesota United.
Then a few days later, it was revealed that Ibarra wouldn't be leaving the club as he was still under contract. Again BigAppleSoccer.com reported these details first.
Tuesday rolled around and the Red Bulls announced their most current pres-eason roster, which included a different Miguel Ibarra on the roster. This one is New York born and bred who plays in Ecuador and has been capped once for the South American nation. Was a mistake made?
It turns out that the Red Bulls were interested in both players, according to a league source. But now there is just one Ibarra, with the other one getting ready for the NASL season.
That there will potentially be only one Miguel Ibarra on the field for the Red Bulls this year must be greeted by MSG's Steve Cangialosi with a sigh of relief as one can only imagine the headaches of trying to make sense of two such named players on the field for the same team.
But we admit it, we would love to see the boxscore where Miguel Ibarra assisted to Miguel Ibarra for the game-winning goal on opening day.