Wednesday, February 27, 2008

NYRB Roster-A-Rama

One thing Red Bulls fans have grown accustomed to in their dozen years of title-free wandering is constant roster turnover. Of course, when your club is on their eleventh head coach in thirteen years, there's bound to be lots of comings and goings among players. However, new Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio has held onto a strong core of last season's squad that went 12-11-7.

Here's a summary of who's come and gone this off season, with a mere five weeks until opening day:

Outgoing (11):
M Blake Camp, released
M Sal Caccavale, released
F Francis Doe, released
M Elie Ikangu, released
M Dema Kovalenko, traded to RSL
M Clint Mathis, traded to LA
M Santino Quaranta, released
D Tim Regan, released
M Marcus Schopp, retired
G Ronald Waterreus, retired
M Joe Vide, taken by SJ in Expansion Draft

Incoming (7):
D Eric Brunner, drafted
M Danliegh Borman, drafted
D John Gilkerson, drafted
M Michael Palacio, drafted
M David Roth, drafted
M Luke Sassano, drafted
G Zach Thornton, signed from Colorado

Hangers-On (17):
F Jozy Altidore
F Juan Pablo Angel
G Danny Cepero
G Jon Conway
D Hunter Freeman
D Kevin Goldthwaite
F Jerrod Laventure
D Chris Leitch
F Mike Magee
D Carlos Mendes
D Jeff Parke
M Claudio Reyna
M Dane Richards
D Seth Stammler
M Sinisa Ubiparipovic
F John Wolyniec
M Dave van den Bergh

Red Bull is reported to be $800,000 under the salary cap for acquisitions. Will Mexican midfield trialist Jose De Jesus Mendoza make the cut? With both of the club's DP slots taken (Angel, Reyna), acquiring another name player is probably out of the question. If New York is serious about challenging an improved DC squad in the MLS East this season, some quality midfield additions are a must.

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