Red Bull Roundup: Robles NOT Coming?, TV Schedule Is UP, News And More

To borrow a line from Phil Collin’s old band Genesis, the Major League Soccer rulebook can be a “Land of Confusion.”

Something always seemed off since reports broke linking Karlsruher SC goalkeeper Luis Robles to the New York Red Bulls. Traditionally, an American player with a resume – practically any resume – with the US National Team would have to go through an allocation process.

What is an allocation process? Well, here is the leagues definition:

(A) ALLOCATION RANKING
The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the League after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. The allocation rankings may also be used in the event two or more clubs file a request for the same player on the same day when the discovery period opens in December. The allocations will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2011 season, taking playoff performance into account.

A league report claimed Erik Soler had put a “discovery claim” on Robles, allowing him to circumvent the process. What is a discovery claim? Well, here is the leagues definition:

(E) DISCOVERY SIGNINGS
Clubs may make discovery claims on players not yet under MLS contract who are not subject to the allocation ranking or lottery mechanisms.

Each club has the opportunity to make six discovery signings per season (expansion teams may make 10 discovery signings in their inaugural season). A club may have up to 10 discovery claims on unsigned players at any time and may remove or add players at any time. The last day for discovery player signings is September 15, 2012 – coinciding with the roster freeze date and trade deadline.

Steve Goff, who broke the Robles to Red Bull story, has followed up on the piece claiming Robles will no longer be considered Discovery eligible and has no desire to enter the random allocation process. He would rather stay where he is and see how things play out. Whether another claim was made on the player or his status was simply disqualified by league offices is still unknown.

Red Bull had no comment.

The goalkeeping situation has been in a state of flux for some time now, and with less than a month until opening day, New York may be left scrambling to get their backline together. Can the youth duo of Vuolo and Meara get the job done?

While you ponder that, there is other news all around Red Bull Nation going on. Check it out in this weeks Roundup:

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– RED BULLS RELEASE FULL TV SCHEDULE –

The New York Red Bulls put out their TV schedule for the season.
Here is a quick breakdown:

– MSG+ will be televising the Red Bulls’ preseason friendly against Mexican side UNAM Pumas on February 23rd at 10pm.
– A 15 minute pregame show will precede New York’s March 17th encounter against Real Salt Lake at 10pm on MSG+
– Four matches will be televised on ESPN, three on ESPN2, two on NBC, six on the newly minted NBCSN, and Galavision will simulcast six matches in Spanish.

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– NEWS AND NOTES –

– The Red Bulls have returned home from their preseason training in Mexico. The team will begin heading towards Arizona for the Diamond Desert Cup this Monday.

– Red Bull President Chris Heck answered another set of questions in this weeks “Mailbag.”

– Four Red Bulls have received end of the month call-ups to their national teams, including Rafa Marquez, Joel Lindpere, Roy Miller and Juan Agudelo (u-23 camp).

– And finally, we have our latest from Seeing Red! including an interview with Red Bull beat writer Kristian Dyer and an interesting chat with Jason Corliss of the Viking Army who shares his experience attending last week’s Independent Supporters Council meeting. CLICK HERE TO TAKE A LISTEN!


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