Red Bulls acquire Felipe, allocation spot from Impact for Oyongo, Alexander

Red Bulls Montreal Impact Felipe Martins Ambroise Oyongo

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch had his eyes on Montreal Impact midfielder Felipe Martins since taking the helm of the franchise.

On Tuesday morning, he got his man.

The Red Bulls shipped off fullback Ambroise Oyongo and midfielder Eric Alexander for Felipe and the top spot in the MLS allocation order.  New York will also be sending allocation money and an international spot to Montreal as part of the deal.  Further details, including monetary exchanges, were not disclosed.

“We feel that this trade puts us in a great position,” said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis.  “Felipe gives us options going forward that will allow us to play the style of soccer that we want to play. He is the type of player that can make an impact immediately and be a part of our future.”

Felipe thrived under Marsch in his stint with Montreal.  The Brazilian midfielder scored four goals and assisted 10 more in 30 regular season starts for the then-fledgling franchise.  Felipe has continued to contribute since Marsch’s departure, however, his play has suffered through coaching changes and instability in Montreal.  The Brazilian playmaker will immediately challenge Peguy Luyindula for the attacking midfield role on the team.

More interesting, however, is the potential of the top allocation spot.  With it, the Red Bulls have first dibs on returning American international players.  That may include another former Marsch associate, Sacha Kljestan, who has long been rumored for a transfer stateside.

“While we have a top target in mind, we are considering all options to make use of the top allocation spot,” added Curtis.

The deal doesn’t come without a cost.  Oyongo is perhaps the team’s brightest youth asset.  He has consistently been connected to a move overseas over the past year, and will likely continue to garner attention, particularly as a fixture in Cameroon’s AFCON side.  Oyongo, 23, appeared in 13 matches, earning 11 starts and assisting on three goals.

Alexander, 26, has been a fixture with the Red Bulls over two seasons.  An unlikely iron man for the club, the Michigan native manged 60 regular season starts over two seasons, netting six goals and 11 assists in his time.  He was also one half of the Red Bulls most consistent midfield pairing, lining up alongside Dax McCarty down the stretch towards the playoffs.


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  • zensum


    300 hundred pages or not I guess these guys do have a plan…

    They obviously have a plan for the allocation spot…

    24 hours ago we worried about having enough centerbacks now we may have a glut (not factoring in Ream…don’t think that happens) with the new players in Orlando and a Miazga return…

    A #10…ok…the passing offense under Henry may survive his departure…

    It’s going to be fun seeing this team come together…

  • Alex

    Not saying this move is good or bad but just because Ali Curtis was responsible for one of the dumbest moves in MLS (and sports) history doesn’t mean they won’t do some things that are okay or not so bad.

    Doesn’t change anything. #firealicurtis Not spending any money on Red Bull. #bringbackPetke

  • slowleftarm

    So we have two center backs under contract and they are Armando and Miazga.

  • simon_m

    Happy to get Felipe Martins. From what I’m reading here it seems he’ll do well under Jesse Marsch. Marsch got a raw deal at Montreal (not as bad as Petke though) and this was his guy. Looking froward to seeing how it works out.
    Plus if we get Sacha, that could be awesome. A midfield 3. I Don’t mind giving up Alexander. Who says Dax needs to play in tandem with anybody. Dax is the man! Dax holds it down in front of the back 4 while Sascha and Felipe control the attack and dish ball up to BWP.

    #firealicurtis #magicalthinking #moveon

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