Sunday night’s rumor rumblings are now confirmed; the New York Red Bulls have opened up the trade window and let in Fabian Espindola, Jamison Olave and Kosuke Kimura.
The big story of course is New York’s acquisition of former MLS Defender of the year Jamison Olave and Argentine forward Fabian Espindola from Real Salt Lake for an undisclosed allocation amount.
“Fabian and Jamison are players who have excelled in Major League Soccer and provide an immediate boost to our squad,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh in the team’s press release. “Fabian is a pacy, technical forward who will be a strong complement to the players currently on our roster, while Jamison is a fast, dominant centerback who has shown that he is one of the best at his position in MLS. We are thrilled to bring them to New York as we prepare for the 2013 season.”
Though a streaky striker, Espindola falls more into the mold that can compliment Thierry Henry. The speedy 27 year old striker was a favorite with RSL, but his inconsistent production made him an expendable commodity. However, when fully fit and healthy, he is an explosive player known for his diagonal runs and his ability to dissect defenses. He and Olave form a lethal bookend for the attack and defense. The 6’3″ Olave brings size, grit and a veteran’s presence to the Red Bulls defense. When in form, few can match his ability to quiet even the most potent attacks.
Finally, and perhaps most perplexing, is the Red Bulls trade for Kosuke Kimura; not due to the player himself, but the deal surrounding his acquisition. SBI has the scoop which sees New York give up the Homegrown player rights of their young academy captain Bryan Gallego and allocation money to the Timbers for the fullback and Portland’s second-round draft pick in 2012.
“Kosuke is a player who has impressed us for several years and we are happy to bring him to our club. He will provide depth in the fullback position and his MLS experience will be a great asset for us,” Roxburgh said.
According to SBI, the Timbers waive the $75k fee owed to them from the Cooper trade that would activate if the Red Bulls re-signed the forward at year’s end. In return, New York would send upwards of $100k to Portland. One can gather the cost of Cooper’s re-signing mechanism may have been over $175k in allocation but that is just a dissection of the facts presented. Regardless, this move makes the team’s ability to trade or keep Cooper and his 18 goals that much more palpable.
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