In the world of Major League Soccer, hard work may not always be reflected in a players bottom line. Today, the Estonian Express managed to buck the trend.
The New York Red Bulls have announced the re-signing of Joel Lindpere to a multiyear contract that will help keep the fan favorite with the club for the forseeable future.
“Joel has been an important part of our progress over the last two seasons and has become one of our most popular players because of his work rate, performance and commitment to the club,” said New York General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler in a team statement. “We wanted to reward him with a new contract to recognize his efforts and are excited that we agreed to a new contract with him. We look forward to having him as a Red Bull in the coming years, as we aim to win the MLS Cup.”
“I am very happy to continue my career as a Red Bull,” Lindpere said. “I have enjoyed my time in MLS over the past two seasons. The support from the fans has been sensational and I hope to help bring a MLS Cup to New York this season.”
Lindpere had made it clear throughout the offseason that he sought to either make a move towards Europe or negotiate a more lucrative contract with the Red Bulls. Claiming interest from European clubs, including unnamed teams in the Premiership and the Championship, the Red Bulls midfielder teased a move if both sides could not reach an accord. Many, including Coach Hans Backe, quipped at the idea. “I will just say good luck Joel if you have the Premiership teams,” he said just two weeks ago.
With today’s signing, the Red Bulls have not only managed to reward the hard work of one of their own, but have also helped their cause by avoiding a potential season long drama and securing a clear fan favorite in the process.