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When it comes to players leaving the club known formerly as the MetroStars, the reverse jinx almost never seems to fail.
Through the years there have been countless players who endured rough stints with the New York MLS franchise, only to move on a year later and do very well. Just recently we saw defender Diego Jimenez benefit from the reverse jinx when he scored a goal in his first game for Tecos after being released from his loan (and goal-less spell) with the Red Bulls.
Now you can add Gabriel Cichero to that list of players to enjoy some success after leaving New York. Cichero has played every minute of all four games this year for Caracas FC and scored two goals on Sunday to help the club post a 3-2 win against Estrella Roja. The win helped Caracas move into first place in the Venezuelan First Division.
The performance might come as a surprise to Red Bulls fans, who watched Cichero struggle badly down the stretch for the club, and finish without a goal in eight appearances for the club.
Sunday's performance was just one game, but don't be surprised to see Cichero flourish. The Venezuelan national team defender showed flashes of brilliance early on with RBNY before losing his confidence and becoming a real liability. Now that he appears to have regained that confidence, don't be surprised to see Cichero making a move to Europe a year or two from now.
So who are some of the other players to enjoy the New York reverse jinx through the years? Ezra Hendrickson, Tony Meola, Kerry Zavagnin, Ante Razov, Jaime Moreno, Eddie Gaven, Edson Buddle and Santino Quaranta are just some names that come to mind. It doesn't just apply to players either, as Carlos Alberto Parreira, Carlos Quieroz and Bob Bradley can attest.
What do you think of this development? Between Jimenez and Cichero, which former RBNY defender do you see having the better career? Who do you think will be the next player to enjoy the New York reserve jinx?
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