The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
Skysports.com is reporting that Icelandic U-21 International Victor Palsson is eyeing a move to MLS, and specifically, the NY Red Bulls. Palsson is a defensive midfielder who spent time with the Liverpool youth team, and currently plays for Scottish side Hibernian F.C.. Palsson appeared in 31 matches for Hibernian with 1 goal to his name. If New York adds Palsson, it would obviously be in a move to bolster the team’s defense, which seems to be the major theme for the Red Bulls this off season.
Personally, I would like to see New York start to focus on adding depth or experience in a few places. First, to the midfield in terms of an attacking presence. In 2011, NY saw 31 of its 51 goals come out of the forwards (Henry – 15, Rodgers – 10, Agudelo – 6). With Henry’s health problems last year, Rodger’s ongoing Visa issues, and Agudelo’s probable absence for the Olympics, the Red Bulls front line may not be the force that it was in 2011.
Secondly, the Red Bulls need to add experience to the GK position. With Backe stating that Frank Rost is not returning, the keepers on the roster are draft pick Ryan Meara and recent addition Jeremy Vuolo, neither of which are very experienced. Meara is coming out of Fordham and Vuolo from Finnish 2nd Tier side AC Oulu where he played for one season (24 appearances). Whether or not either will be the opening day starter for NY will be up to Backe and if the Red Bulls decide on adding a 3rd keeper to the roster. Recently, Renny Vega has publicly stated that he wants to play for NY, but Backe/Soler don’t seem to be giving him the time of day.
Lastly, while the back line has been bolstered thus far, most of the signings have been with the center back positions in mind. There is not much support at the moment in terms of the wings. Right now Roy Miller (LB) & Juan Gunner Solli (RB), are the two starting wing backs with recent signing Jonathan Borrajo as the backup. While both Miller & Solli stayed relatively healthy throughout 2011, New York cannot afford to go into 2012 with only Borrajo as a clear secondary option on the wings.
Will NY add depth where they need it? Time will tell, but hopefully with the number of trialists they are entertaining in camp, currently 13, the team will find what it needs.