Could it be a sign of growth? Perhaps. One thing is for sure though; the Red Bulls were either very active on their way to Mexico or a few player agents have found a way to make a bargaining chip out of an MLS side.
The positive early returns of Thierry Henry‘s loan and the transfer of Tim Ream have certainly helped along the idea of making MLS a player on the international market. The Red Bulls in particular are beginning to take a respectable foothold in the World Football landscape as evidenced by this years winter transfer window.
Though much more needs to be done to open the pocket books of domestic soccer, Designated Player rules and caveat’s have made MLS a palpable destination – and bargaining chip – for quality players of all ages.
Here is a look at a few names that were tossed about Red Bull land at the close of yesterdays transfer window.
Washington Post writer Steven Goff claimed the Red Bulls would be meeting with representatives from Michael Ballack’s camp this week. The 35 year old German midfielder, currently plying his trade in Bayer Leverkusen, has been a midfield engine for the German National team and Bayern Munich for the better part of his career, but his production and fitness have consistently waned over the past two years.
Up until recently, he was connected with a move to Montreal. Meanwhile, his agent has told German publication Spiegel that his clients future would be “In China, Arabia or the United States.” Subsequent reports by the New York Times claim the Red Bulls have no interest in the midfield veteran. Said report, however, does point the finger at another option …