The New York Red Bulls secured some sorely needed midfield depth on Friday after acquiring Guadeloupe defensive midfielder Stephane Auvray from Sporting Kansas City, sources told SBI on Friday.
The Red Bulls are trading a 2nd-round pick in 2013 as well as an undisclosed amount of allocation money to Sporting KC for Auvray, who had fallen out of favor with SKC weeks ago and was no longer in the team's plans. (A second source tells SBI the trade is just for a draft pick, and not an allocation. We will look to confirm the exact details).
The trade is an interesting one because it is between two teams currently battling for third place in the Eastern Conference. Now, Auvray could step in and play significant minutes for the Red Bulls, who have struggled while injured midfielder Teemu Tainio has been on the sidelined. Auvray provides some sorely-needed bite in central midfield, where Mehdi Ballouchy and Dax McCarthy have both struggled.
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