Former Red Bull Luke Rodgers won’t entertain move to Columbus Crew

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An MLS team was looking into acquiring Luke Rodgers – and it wasn’t the New York Red Bulls.

Following up on a rumor posted by twitter account “MLSTransfers,” EOS has learned that new Columbus Crew coach Gregg Berhalter did indeed reach out to Rodgers about a possible return to MLS.

According to a reliable source, Rodgers’ response was clear; if he were to return to MLS, he would “only want to play for Red Bulls.”

Rodgers, 31, last played for Hammarby IF under Berhalter. While joining the club with much promise, his time was marred by injuries, appearing in all of six matches and failing to find the back of the net in just 243 minutes.

The diminutive striker, known around the New York area as “The Tank,” has had a difficult time latching onto a club since green card issues forced him out of the Red Bulls in 2011. He has featured for Lillestrom in Norway, Portsmouth and Shrewsbury Town in England, and ultimately joined Swedish second division Hammarby this past summer – his fourth club in three years.

Despite a checkered past, Rodgers became a folk hero in his short time with the Red Bulls. In 2011, he beat out a young Juan Agudelo as the team’s primary striker, going on to score 10 goals in 25 appearances and forming a dynamic partnership with Thierry Henry.

  • Sam

    It’s a shame he had to leave New York over silly visa issues. The man lives for the club and the badge. Wish him luck and, just maybe, a return.

  • Joe Linhart

    RBNY should at least bring him in for a trial, see if he still has what it takes. In the end it may be a move that caters to the supporters more than anything else but nothing wrong with giving the fans what they want. And you never know, we may catch lighting in a bottle again on this one. #freelukerodgers

  • rafael

    At the very least, bring him in for a trial. To me I think he is more efficient than Espindola and definately more tenacious..