After scouring the transfer market for a solution to their leaky backline situation, New York’s General Manager Erik Soler has found a gem in Frank Rost. Rost, 38, is a veteran keeper who has made his name in the Bundesliga with Hamburg SV, Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen. According to Bild, the German publication, Rost may join the Red Bulls as early as their Chivas USA game this weekend.
For his part, Soler is pleased with the Bulls latest acquisition. “We are delighted that Frank has decided to support us in the middle of our campaign,” he told Bild.
A commanding presence in nets, Rost is known as a defensive leader and organizer, with excellent positioning and decision making abilities. He has played a staggering 150 out of a possible 153 games with Hamburg since his arrival in 2007. Through 426 Bundesliga appearances, he has accumulated 117 clean sheets, good for eighth all time in league history.
Stats like that are exactly why the veteran netminder is so appealing to New York. Mired in a season long goalkeeping battle, neither Bouna Coundoul nor Greg Sutton has been able to secure the open position. With Rost, the Red Bulls hope to obtain the consistency from the back they have been searching for all season.
For those unfamiliar with his work, take a look at this Frank Rost highlight video package, which is titled “Goodbye Frank Rost, Welcome to the New York Red Bulls ”
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