The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
There has been some noise made in the past day and a half. Some of it expected, some of it seeming to come out of nowhere.
Kenny Cooper to NY Red Bulls from Portland Timbers
Before the MLS SuperDraft kicked off yesterday, New York went out and acquired Kenny Cooper from the Portland Timbers. The reported terms of the trade is that NY will give Portland Allocation Money as well as a 2013 First Round draft pick. According to the Portland Timbers’ website, if NY were to hold two first round picks in the 2013 draft, Portland would acquire the higher of the two picks.
Cooper, who was plagued by injuries during his time in Europe, managed to stay healthy for Portland last year, appearing in all 34 matches for the Timbers. In his 34 apperances, he scored 8 goals, which would have tied him with Joel Lindpere for 3rd on the team in terms of production. Cooper also tallied 2 assists.
Before going to Europe, Cooper had been a member of FC Dallas from 2006 to 2009. He appeared in 90 games for Dallas while scoring 40 goals.
Tim Ream to Bolton
Rumors of Tim Ream being sold to Bolton have been swirling around for weeks now. In the past week, the rumors became more substantiated, with the matter of the transfer fee and Ream’s UK Work Permit standing in the way. As of today, it looks like the deal that will send Ream to the English Premier League is close to being completed, pending the work permit. Big Apple Soccer is reporting that Bolton’s fee to NY will be $3.8 million (about £2.5 million).
Ream was drafted by New York with the 18th overall pick in the 2010 SuperDraft. He immediately made an impact on the coaching staff as he was included in the 2010 Opening Day Starting 11. Ream would go on to appear in all 30 matches for Red Bull in 2010, scoring his first career goal on Sept. 11, 2010. Overall, Ream had a solid year, being one of three nominees for MLS Rookie of the Year.
In his sophomore season, Ream saw a bit of a down year, with mental lapses that hurt the team at key times. Overall, he was still a solid starter for the Red Bulls. Ream appeared in 28 of 34 MLS matches for NY, with the 6 missed appearances due in large part by his call up to the USMNT for the 2011 Gold Cup.
Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer is reporting that the NY Red Bulls have acquired the MLS rights to Wilman Conde. Lewis reports, the Red Bulls traded undisclosed draft picks to Chicago for Conde’s rights. However, SoccerByIves disputes this claim and says the rights were acquired for Allocation money, which is supposed to be in the six figures. Ives is also stating that the deal is currently awaiting league approval as well as Conde signing with NY.
Conde spent 4 years in MLS, playing as a member of the Chicago Fire from 2007 to 2011. In his four years in MLS, he appeared in 73 games. After leaving Chicago, Conde went on to his current club, Mexican side Atlas, where he has played in 13 games.
Conde had expressed desire before to play for New York, back during the Juan Carlos Osorio era. Chicago had reportedly denied his request as they were upset with NY over the hiring of Osorio. Now, it looks like he’ll be able to join NY, which comes at a good time with the sale of Ream.