With the New York Red Bulls days away from first kick, team brass has made yet another depth move. The Red Bulls traded a 2014 supplemental draft pick for Real Salt Lake midfielder Jonny Steele.
“Jonny is a player who our coaching staff is very familiar with and believe will provide depth in our midfield,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. “We are pleased to have agreed to a contract with Jonny and look forward to his contribution this season.”
Steele, 27, appeared in 28 matches (11 starts) in his only season with Real Salt Lake scoring two goals and two assists. The Northern Ireland native began his career with Wolverhampton before making a move to the lower levels of the American Soccer Pyramid. Standout seasons with the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Carolina Railhawks earned him a look in Major League Soccer where RSL provided him a home.
The midfielder holds a green card which is good news for New York as they continue to look for options both domestically and abroad to fill out their roster for the coming season. He also earned $44k last year which would fit the needs of the Red Bulls’ stretched budget while offering New York a much coveted left-footed option on their midfield.
Steele reunites with former Salt Lake teammates Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave in New York.