The summer transfer window is fast approaching, and the New
York Red Bulls are as busy as ever trying to boost their
roster for the remainder of the season and improve the club
as a whole.
Red Bulls general manager Erik Solér touched on several of
the topics surrounding the team recently, including the
latest in their quest to re-sign Luke Rodgers, the
possibility of a third Designated Player and the search for
a new training facility.
Rodgers was one of the main topics of conversation, as he
and his representatives had a meeting with the US consulate
in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday morning to discuss the
possibility of obtaining a work permit to return stateside.
Solér said there was not much of an update, but that an
answer could e in the next week to 10 days.
"These kind of issues, they are going to be decided
somewhere else, so it's impossible for us to say anything,"
The Red Bulls GM told reporters after Thursday morning's
practice. "We are, of course, hopeful he gets his work
permit, but until we get the result, it's virtually hard
for us to say how it's going to work out."
Solér was also asked about German midfielder Michael
Ballack and Irish attacker Stephen Ireland, two players who
have been heavily linked with New York for much of the MLS
season. He would not ment on Ireland despite his current
club, Aston Villa, stating they are open to hearing offers
for him. But Solér did reveal that "Ballack is not a
player for us."
So are the Red Bulls any closer to identifying who they
want to sign as a third Designated Player? According to
Solér, they are not.
"We have different options, [we are looking] at different
things," he said. "But we are not closing in on anybody
specific at this moment."
Something the Red Bulls are closing in on is a new training
facility. The team currently trains at Montclair State
University, but they want a facility that is better suited
to house a professional soccer team.
"It's not 100 percent certain in all aspects, but we are
really closing in," said Solér, who would not reveal the
location. "It's one step in the right direction for us.
Then of course we have to finalize and see how it works
out, but it's definitely going to bring the club
Franco Panizo covers the New York Red Bulls for
MLSsoccer. . He can be reached at Franco8813@gmail..