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The New York have parted ways with veteran right back Chris Leitch, shipping him to San Jose for an international player spot and an undisclosed allocation.
The move should help pave the way for the Red Bulls to acquire one of the international fullbacks the club has been scouting, as well as potentially clearing the way for the acquisition of Spanish defender/midfielder Albert Celades.
What will happen with the right back position for the Red Bulls now?
While the club has been linked with the potential acquisition of a foreign right back, the Red Bulls have also been impressed with rookies Jeremy Hall and Nick Zimmerman at the position. Both players have played the spot in pre-season and both bring the attacking element to the position that head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is looking for.
Hall could very well be the pick for the long-term spot. Having played right back for the U.S. Under-17 national team, Hall is familiar with the role, although he is still inexperienced at the position. Zimmerman, also a converted midfielder, has shown an ability to play there as well, but also lacks experience in the role. Midfielder Luke Sassano might be the safest bet of the team's existing players, having played right back in college. Moving Sassano to right back would also make sense considering the current logjam in central midfield with Seth Stammler, Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Juan Pietravallo.
Leitch, 29, leaves the Red Bulls after establishing himself as a solid starter in 2008, especially during the team's MLS Cup run. Leitch leaves the club having played in 101 regular season matches for the Red Bulls and MetroStars, as well as nine playoff games.
What do you think of the deal? Excited to see Hall being considered for the role? Sad to see Leitch go? Hoping the club signs a foreign player for the position? Think Luke Sassano could be the answer?
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