Red Bulls Roundup: On Trialists, Potential Signings, Agudelo and More

If you decided to shut down your connection to the internet world this weekend, you may have missed a ton of New York Red Bulls chatter.


Empire learned late last week that all the details were hammered out for the trial of former USL Pro top scorer and FC New York stand out Jhonny Arteaga. Arteaga, 25, is a Colombian footballer who was raised in Connecticut. He scored 13 goals for the expansion FCNY side over the course of 21 appearances, and 24 total when counting US Open Cup competitions.

Joining him will be another FC New York standout – Quame Holder. The Trinidadian midfielder will be trialing with the Red Bulls, giving both men the rare opportunity to jump two divisions in American soccer to join the top tier of competition. Holder may have caught the Red Bulls eye when they faced FCNY in the US Open Cup. Playing a distributive midfield role, the 23 year old enjoyed perhaps one of his best performance…

Rounding out the trialists are former Red Bull Academy player Giorgi Chirgadze, 21, who is making a second run with the Bulls, and former New England Revolution midfielder Joseph Niouky, 25.

As the experimentation continues, new faces may be joining New York as well. We have more on that, after the jump.


Twitter once again beats the reporters. As Red Bull fans clammor to find out who may be joining their side, in comes a tweet from a mystery Cypriot/English footballer to Matt Kassel asking about the weather.

“talk to me pal is it freezing? I land tomorrow for training”

Williams, 31, is a veteran of the English football system in every sense of the word. He has player for 14 sides over 13 years – some multiple times. A few of his more notable teams include Birmingham City, QPR, and Swansea City. His last stop in England was in the fifth division with Kettering Town.


Palsson, 20, is an Icelandic Under-21 who plies his trade in the midfield. He showcased as a regular for Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League, but is currently a free agent.

In an interview with, he revealed to have met with Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler to negotiate a contract with the team.

“I am not ready to negotiate, I’m in negotiations,” he told fotbolti. “Sports manager for the New York Red Bulls (Erik Solén) is Norwegian and he flew me over this morning and I am in negotiations with them now. It’s been more than halfway.”


In an interview with the New York Post, Coach Backe cryptically stated the Red Bulls would not look towards Juan Agudelo and Luke Rodgers for the teams future plans.

“I don’t expect them to come back, because I know from last year and 2010 already with the visa problems for Luke, the rumors about Juan of course, today I can’t count on them. Hopefully we’ll have an answer in the next two weeks,” Backe said. “We would like to get replacements in if both Juan and Luke are out.”


US teammate Brek Shea tweeted this image out over the weekend. Take from it what you will …


… and of course, it had to be Luke Rodgers ….


Here is Tim Ream taking in this weekend’s 3-1 Bolton victory over Liverpool. The move is expected to be made official this week.

  • karlomabo

    would be nice to add.. Holder, arteaga and Palsson.. not so sure about Williams.. but let see… RB would make a big mistake if they let Agudelo go… you know where is he going?