The Red Bull’s front office has been quite busy lately as several roster updates occurred this past week. In addition, there has been quite a bit of speculation arising as well.
Most recently, the Red Bulls executed a rumored deal that would send Felipe Martins of the Montreal Impact, Harrison bound. The rumors were finally dispelled when the Red Bull’s officially announced that Martins was part of a larger deal. Montreal agreed to send the highly touted midfielder along with the top allocation pick in exchange for Ambroise Oyongo, Eric Alexander, an international spot, and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
The move reunites Jesse Marsch with Martins, and is surely part of the “vision” to add a certain tempo to the game. The player has tallied 14 goals and 25 assists in all competitions at his tenure at the Impact.
The most interesting and speculative portion of this deal is that acquisition of the top allocation spot by the New York Red Bulls. For some time, they have been linked to USMNT and Anderlecht midfielder, Sacha Kljestan. However, in order to secure the former Chivas USA star, they needed to secure a favorable position in the allocation draft as all former USMNT players must go through the order to get picked up if they are returning to MLS. Sporting Director Ali Curtis, however, implies that although the Red Bulls have had their eyes on Kljestan, they will keep their minds open to other potential pick ups.
In other transfer news:
Matt Miazga has been rumored to a move away from New York. He is currently on trial with the New York’s Red Bull counterpart in Leipzig. Should to speak German, or care to dabble with google translate you can find the link here. Once a Metro also has coverage on the matter.
The rumors have finally reached fruition on the status of former Chivas USA player, Andrew Jean-Baptiste. The player was a former UConn defender, and in a native to Brooklyn. The move back home makes sense for both club and player.
Kyle Reynish has officially become a Red Bull player. The 31-year-old Chicago keeper has been acquired in exchange for a 2016 SuperDraft pick. He will surely be a solid replacement for Ryan Meara, as he enjoys a one-year stint with expansion team, New York City Football Club.
Stefano Bonomo, one of the Red Bulls’ pick ups during the SuperDraft has been linked to Polish outfit, MKS Miedz Legnica SA. According to the publication he has been looking around Europe for a team, and can easily make the transition because he holds Italian citizenship.
Ronald Zubar has also been on the Red Bull’s radar. The second division French player has been practicing his trade with Ajaccio. The 6’1″ defender is now stateside as as part of Red Bull’s plans to bolster the defense. His former clubs include Wolves, Marseille, and Caen.
Damien Perrinelle has signed on for another season with NYRB. Although the team did not initially exercise his option at the end of the season, the defender is back among the ranks and is in Florida with the team for the preseason.
Bryan Gallego, a very promising player, and former youth academy product of the New York Red Bulls has been struggling to find playing time after the Red Bulls traded his HomeGrown Player rights for Kosuke Kimura a few years back. Rumors are that he is down in Florida on trial with RBNY. Should be a nice addition to the defensive roster, should he be picked up.
Lastly, Tim Cahill has been all over the news since he has had a rather successful Asia Cup with Australia thus far. He scored a magnificent bicycle kick to break the deadlock with China to reach the semi finals. Rumors have been circulating throughout last season that he was looking for a move away from the club since his disapproval of how the club and fans reacted to his decision to play with Australia in several friendlies over contributing to the regular season. Newest rumors have Cahill linked to UAE side, Al-Wahda. Should the Designated Player move back across the ocean, the Red Bulls will be left with only one DP (Bradley Wright Phillips).