Veteran Keeper Frank Rost Joins The New York Red Bulls

The Red Bulls have their man.

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 ”

What are your thoughts on Red Bulls latest acquisition? Share your take below.

7 Comments

  1. Larry

    07/13/2011 at 9:22 am

    Finally!

  2. Thomas

    07/13/2011 at 10:13 am

    The first East German in the MLS!! Good luck Frank in NYC!

    • Dave Martinez

      07/13/2011 at 11:00 am

      Absolutely! Straight outta Karl-Marx Stad (no joke!)

  3. SuperJozy9

    07/13/2011 at 11:46 am

    I wouldn’t be as bothered by the signing if he wasn’t being used as a third DP. Yes, RBNY has a goalkeeping problem and the front office went out to find a solution. But I think the third DP could be used more wisely. Hopefully Rost’s contract won’t last past this season.

    Also, on a side note… class act by Backe last night not traveling with the team for the Open Cup match. Are you kidding me?!

  4. SuperJozy9

    07/13/2011 at 11:55 am

    I wouldn’t be as bothered by this signing if they didn’t sign him as the third DP. I’m excited that RBNY has hopefully found a solution to their goalkeeping problem. I just think the third DP slot could have been used more wisely. Let’s hope Rost’s contract doesn’t extend past this season.

    Also, on a side note… class act by Backe not traveling with the team last night for their Open Cup match. Are you kidding me?!

  5. SuperJozy9

    07/13/2011 at 12:00 pm

    I wouldn’t be as bothered by this signing if they didn’t sign him as the third DP. I’m excited that RBNY has hopefully found a solution to their goalkeeping problem. I just think the third DP slot could have been used more wisely. Let’s hope Rost’s contract doesn’t extend past this season.

    Also, on a side note… class act by Backe not traveling with the team last night for their Open Cup match. Are you kidding me?!

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