The New York Red Bulls have announced the official signing of 25 year old Syracuse University goalkeeping product, Jeremy Vuolo.
Vuolo began his professional career in Finland with AC Oulo last season, accumulating 11 clean sheets in 24 matches for the side, helping them achieve a third place finish.
“After doing extensive scouting, we believe that Jeremy has a very bright future ahead of him and can compete at the MLS level,” said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler through a team press release. “He had a very good year playing professionally in Finland and brings many great attributes to the table. We expect that he will compete for a starting spot this year.”
Vuolo joins MLS SuperDraft pick Ryan Meara as the only two netminders on the Red Bulls depth chart. Recently, coach Hans Backe made clear that having these two young options would not be enough if the team expected to compete.
“I think because we will get two young guys in, probably we will need some veteran,” Backe told Empire last week. Though Venezuelan Renny Vega continues to insist on a move stateside, one player who will not be going anywhere is Caleb Patterson-Sewell. A source who wished to remain anonymous claims Red Bull were turned off by the idea of paying a substantial transfer fee for the Tennessee netminder who is currently in very high demand by “top league Portugal and Scotland” teams, as well as some Eastern European sides. By all accounts, it seems his club, Atletico Clube de Portugal, are intent on keeping their hot keeper as they tap on the door of ascension to the first division.
The search for a backline leader continues. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls will be taking off to Mexico for training next week before participating in Arizona’s Desert Cup prior to the start of their 2012 season.