Leonel Nunez, a striker for storied Argie side Independiente, was the subject of a transfer window switch. As the story goes, Nunez was set to join league minnows All-Boys. In fact, the Malvinas based club was so confident a move would be made, their team President, Roberto Bugallo was announcing a deal before all conditions were met. Meanwhile, back in Independiente, their man Javier Cantero vehemently dismissed the report.
This is where it gets interesting. Agent Jose Belfi claims that Mr. Nunez reached out to him to switch representation. Belfi was assuring the Argie striker that he would be able to land him a spot with All-Boys for six months and secure a move to – you guessed it – the New York Red Bulls for the summer window.
Given the ok, the agent secured the conditions of a deal with All-Boys, and Nunez suddenly disappeared. He would not answer the agents calls nor entertain the offer he tried to secure.
Speaking to respected Argentine publication “Clarin,” Nunez cleared up the speculation. “There is nothing going on with All Boys,” he said. “An intermediary offered me to play six months with All Boys and then he would take me to play with the New York Red Bulls.”
Nunez continued. “I don’t close doors on anyone, but with All Boys, there is nothing.”
On the heels of a transfer window that saw the Red Bulls name tossed around like a horseshoe, it seems like Nunez, who is a respected striker by all accounts, was quite attracted to a move stateside. At it’s core, this seems to be baseless promises from an agent looking to attract a name to his stable. Nevertheless, even if a move wasn’t in the books, it is interesting to note the attraction New York gets – even at the highest levels of South American football.
As transfer rumors continue to die a slow (and at times painful) death, the World of soccer continues to turn. Here are some tidbits to chew on in your New York Minute:
RUMOR KILLER: RENNY VEGA
For those who may not know, I’ve begun working with the team at Soccer By Ives. Yesterday, I reported on the long rumored flirtations between Venezuelan keeper Renny Vega and the New York Red Bulls.
His agent confirmed that talks have indeed broken down. Here is the link with the full story.
LUKE RODGERS VISA APPROVED
And to go with my SBI work, here was yesterday’s breaking news on the return of Luke Rodgers. Click the link!
TIM REAM’S FAREWELL TO THE NEW YORK RED BULLS
THIERRY HENRY WATCH
Arsenal faced a Tim Ream-less Bolton side yesterday at the Reebok en route to a 0-0 draw. As the magic of Henry’s strike against Leeds quickly begins to fade, seemingly, his impact does as well. The Gunner Legend was stoic and ineffective as a late game sub as Arsenal desperately tried to awaken a sleepy attack.
The next chapter in Henry’s nostalgic loan will come this Saturday against Blackburn at the Emirates.
SHEP MESSING INTERVIEWS HANS BACKE
HUDSON COUNTY FREEHOLDERS: CALL YOURSELVES NEW JERSEY RED BULLS!
You may want to file this under the ‘dead horse’ file. Hudson County freeholders, incensed by the lack of New Jersey representation in the Giants Super Bowl appearance, have proposed a united effort to change not only the Jets and Giants home name, but the Red Bulls as well.
My favorite part of the article? A quote from Freeholder Bill O’Dea that put a smile on this drivers face. “Hudson County taxpayers funded the building of the Red Bull stadium parking lot,” he said.
A LOOK AT RED BULLS “CAMP MEXICO” ROSTER
While New York trains under the Mexican sun, NewYorkRedBulls.com are blogging about the experience! Today’s feature includes a number by number listing of their guest players. Click this link and check them out!
31 NAMES IN THIS YEARS HALL OF FAME SELECTION POOL
Twelve new names, including Red Bull / Metrostar alumni Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola, will be among a pool of thirty one names in contention for one of as many as ten spots in this years Hall of Fame voting.
Here is a complete listing of this years names:
Chris Armas, Jose Burciaga Jr., Mike Burn, Ronald Cerritos, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Raul Diaz Arce, Marco Etcheverry, Lorie Fair, Robin Fraser, Chris Henderson, Jason Kreis, Jen Lalor-Nielsen, Roy Lassiter, Shannon MacMillan, Tony Meola, Joe-Max Moore, Victor Nogueira, Peter Nowak, John O’Brien, Ronnie O’Brien, Cindy Parlow, Ante Razov, David Regis, Claudio Reyna, Tiffany Roberts, Thori Staples Bryan, Carlos Valderrama, Greg Vanney, Tisha Venturini-Hoch, Peter Vermes, and Kerry Zavagnin
EGYPTIAN SOCCER RIOTS KILL 79
And finally, some devastating news coming out of Egypt yesterday that has sent shockwaves throughout the world. Whether due to sport or political strife, this match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly, which ended 3-1 in favor of the home side Al-Masry, sparked a massive riot that killed 79 people. The Al-Masry base erupted at the final whistle and police did nothing to contain the violence as a bloody clash overcame the entire arena.
The riots follow months of violent upheaval that have overcome Egypt since the Arab Spring.
Egypt has announced a three day mourning period as the attacks are investigated further.