Early Friday morning, January 9th, 2015, the New York Red Bulls announced that they officially signed Lloyd Sam to a contract extension and purchased Ambroise Oyongo’s rights to make him a permanent Red Bulls player.
Locking Lloyd Sam up for the future is a smart move for New York. Sam played a major role in the squad last season. He brought pace into the Starting XI last season, as well as passing and finishing skills. Sam led all field players in 2014 with 32 starts, and was tied with Bradley-Wright Phillips with 32 appearances. In his 32 games played, Sam contributed with four goals and nine assists.
Sam’s speedy play and impressive decision-making were crucial to the Red Bulls’ march into the Conference Finals last season.
Ambroise Oyongo was on loan with the New York Red Bulls last season, but had an immediate impact upon joining the Starting XI as a defender. He made 13 regular season appearances, earning four assists, before playing in all five playoff fixtures, adding one assist. Officially purchasing Oyongo will give the Red Bulls a solid, strong defender. He will undoubtedly be able to help them in the future.
These two moves come after much backlash regarding the Red Bulls’ decision-making. It is a very smart move on their part, as it locks up two of 2014’s most important players.