The New York Red Bulls – Initiate project “Rejuvenation”
The New York Red Bulls has transformed itself into a club that is aiming to become a top notch soccer club in the United States. Back from the time when its name was considered forgetful, the Red Bulls have now transformed themselves into a revered force in Major League Soccer (MLS). With the likes of Thierry Henry by their side, they certainly have the right to demand a certain level of respect in the league.
However, their form from last year begs them to start building a new squad. By the looks of it the process has begun finally. The soccer season is having its yearly break which means the transfer windows are open. Just today, the Red Bulls announced that they have signed four new players to their roster. The players are listed as: defender Tyler Ruthven, midfielder Brandon Barklage and forwards Jose Angulo and Jhonny Arteaga.
According to MLS rules and regulations the contract terms and transfer fees have not been disclosed, however Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler did come up with this statement.
“We are excited to bring in these four players. Jose and Jhonny are both young players who developed in the New York area and are exciting prospects for the future. Brandon has some quality experience in Major League Soccer (MLS) already and Tyler is another young defender that we think can develop well over time. All four of them did well in preseason to earn a spot on our roster. We look forward to monitoring their development this season and beyond.”
The 25-year-old Barlage spent the last three seasons with D.C. United. The Saint Louis University hasn’t had the necessary exposure for an instant entry into the first team but he has been quite popular in soccer at college level. Head coach, Hans Backe will certainly aim to rejuvenate his career.
Ruthven played for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL during the 2011 season. The 23-year-old played defensive player has capped 27 times for Atlanta and is on track to become a well known player. Ruthven’s defensive skills have been impressive since his college times where he was selected for First Team All-Conference USA accolade in his senior year.
Arteaga is another useful player to have in your squad. In 2011, the 25-year-old played for USL Pro side FC New York. Arteaga was the top scorer of the USL Pro last season with 13 goals, 16 in all competitions. Arteaga, who earned the Central Atlantic College Conference Player of the Year in 2007 as a senior, now has to prove his worth to the Red Bulls.
Angulo, 24, was in impressive form for Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Pro last season. He led the scoring charts for his club by scoring nine goals. Before arriving to Harrisburg City, Angulo recorded a spectacular season with the Central Jersey Spartans in 2010, where he scored 10 goals in 11 appearances. Hopefully, Angulo will remain with his goal scoring form for the Red Bulls this season.