By RYAN TOLMICH
Despite reports of the team’s interest, the New York Red Bulls are not in the market for Lukas Podolski.
Podolski scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for Arsenal last season, but faces added competition with the Gunners’ acquisition of forward Alexis Sanchez.
The German star has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in recent weeks, with New York City FC, Juventus, Galtasaray, Olympiakos and Wolfsburg reportedly registering interest in the World Cup Winner.
Here are some more of Monday’s MLS news and notes:
PLATA CALLED UP BY ECUADOR FOR PAIR OF FRIENDLIES
Having scored 11 goals in 18 games this season, Joao Plata’s achievements have finally been recognized on the international level.
The Real Salt Lake forward has been called up by Ecuador for a pair of U.S.-based friendlies set to take place in September. Ecuador, who finished third in their group at this past summer’s World Cup, will take on Bolivia on Sept. 5 in Miami before facing Brazil September 9 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“I feel very happy and excited to be named to the national team of my country, to represent the colors of the TRI with pride,” Plata said. “This is a new opportunity that I’m sure going to make the most of. I’m very excited about the call, working every day to achieve this. I am very proud, as are my family and friends.”
Plata has made one prior appearance for La Tricolor, which took place on June 1, 2011 at BMO Field when Plata was a member of Toronto FC.
REVOLUTION ACQUIRE DUTCH FORWARD CASTILLON
Just one day after acquiring U.S. Men’s National Team star Jermaine Jones, the New England Revolution have added another new face.
The Revs announced Monday that they have signed 23-year-old Dutch forward Geoffrey Castillon, a former Dutch youth international. Prior to joining the Revs, Castillon featured for Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen, where he scored two goals in nine appearances while on loan from Ajax.
“Geoffrey is a big, strong target forward with several years of experience in the Dutch first division,” said Revs general manager Michael Burns. “He will add a different dynamic to our attack and also give us more options up front. Once he finalizes the immigration process, we’re looking forward to getting him right into training.”
Castillon has been a part of the Dutch National Team at the youth level, having previously appeared as a member of the U-17, U-18 and U-19 sides. He was a member of the Dutch side that participated in the 2008 UEFA U-17 Championship, where he scored two goals.
What do you think of these reports? Should the Red Bulls look into signing Podolski? Do you see Plata becoming a regular for Ecuador? How do you see Castillon fitting in with the Revs?
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