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SBI MLS Spotlight: Juan Pablo Angel

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As the New York Red Bulls celebrate the accomplishment of going from worst team in MLS to first place in the Eastern Conference, not all the story lines surrounding the team are happy ones.

Star striker Juan Pablo Angel is playing what will be his final season with the Red Bulls after the club decided not to bring him back in 2011, and while players moving on from clubs is nothing new, the circumstances surrounding Angel's departure have been regarded as very disappointing to many associated with the club.

I covered the subject in a recent column for Fox Soccer, and on Thursday night SBI had a chance to speak to Angel about his future and about the Red Bulls' turnaround.

Here is the interview:

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  1. JPA is the best, classiest, most professional player in the club’s history. I hate how this is playing out. He’s already made his mind up, but we’ve heard no details, and nothing at all from the club. He just belongs in a Red Bull uniform. I’m hoping the club will work out some way to keep him. With a crowded schedule next year (CCL, etc.), it would be very useful to have some depth on the front line — especially if Henry continues to be a bit brittle.

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  2. JPA has been a great player for RB. My son’s soccer inspiration and my wife’s favorite player (IYKWIM). He will be missed but I think the time is right. To bad RB didn’t handle it better. Good luck where ever you end up.

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  3. how does he deserve better? your article does not make any sense.

    RB has been very good to him. just because he was not offered a renewal contract or DP money does not mean he was mistreated. he is a casualty due to the salary cap.

    Keep in mind that the person who brought this issue up was JPA. JPA could of easily said that he will not discuss his contract situation until the end of the year but he made it public. why? because he wants teams to know he is available.

    JPA is lucky that RB has been nice abt this whole situation. RB was upfront with their intentions and gave him an opportunity to find a team for January. They are still allowing him to play even though they could of easily benched him and started Salou.

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  4. goodbye’s are always painful, but its time to move on. Im not going to get into details regarding his decline, its not the time for it anymore since the choice has already been made. As a RB fan i hope he gets the right deal and the right team that he’s looking for

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  5. this dude is my freakin hero! im so sad to see him leave. he’s given us so much. i wish there was a way to write to him and just let him know how much he means to the fans

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  7. I love JPA, but he hasn’t score a goal in the run of play in ages. He’s not winning balls in the air & he’s offsides far too often; all signs of a player on the decline. Still a good player but on the decline. As Branch Rickey once said, better to get rid of a player a year too early than a year too late.

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  8. i hate that we’re letting go of JPA. I don’t care if he’s getting slower and older. He came over and played for us when he still could have gotten multi million dollar contracts in europe. And he left it all on the field. He’s never been lazy or apathetic. He plays hard and even when he’s only playing for 8,000 people on the hottest day of the year on a last place team, still plays his heart out.

    If JPA ends up in a DC or PHilly shirt, idk if i’ll be able to attend those games.

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  9. Whether letting him go is a good decision entirely depends on who they use the DP slot on. If new DP impoves play on the field and puts more seats in the stands, then its a good move. If not, its a disaster because he’s well-liked and still has something to offer. JPA should get a ton of credit for recognizing the opportunity MLS and NY presented before it was “fashionable” even if he had to suffer on an awful team for so long. But its tough to argue with an organization that put up a $200 million palace, brought in World Class stars and a bunch of other solid help, just won their conference, and is committed to spending money on a new DP next year. Personally, I hope he gets Philly money so he doesn’t have to leave a region he clearly likes, but no before he gets a well-derserved ovation in the Red Bulls home playoff game. Best of everything for everyone.

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  10. anyone planning to stop attending games because he’s leaving is an idiot and not a true fan of this team. We were here struggling and supporting our under achieving team without JPA for years , so there is no way i’m going to stop if he leaves.

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  11. JPA still has a lot left. Personally, I hope the Galaxy use some of their newly found roster flexibility for 2011 and sign the cafetero for a few years.

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  12. The only way not to “bungle” it is to give him a DP deal, which clearly RBNY should not and will not give him.He’s clearly declining you can’t tie up max money on him anymore. He’s a victim of the salary cap, and RBNY has been honest with him. Thank you JPA and best in the future.

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  13. Seems like a very classy guy, and NYRB should have treated him much better. That being said, it seemed like the classic JPA highlight this year was him just barely missing a really good opportunity: his sharpness around the net seems to have declined significantly. His goal totals over the last couple of seasons have been padded by PKs a bit. Can he still be productive in this league? Probably, but maybe not as a starter or every game starter anymore, and only on a team capable of feeding him a lot, given his lower conversion rate …

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  14. Pure class. While I understand RBNY’s business decision, they have certainly really bungled handling the situation. Quite a shame for someone who gave so much to the organization and the league. Wish him only the best and great success.

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  15. It’s going to be devastating to see Angel go. He has been the heart of this team on and off the field since the moment he joined the club.. I really hope he comes back to NY some day in some capacity, whether it be as a trainer, coach, commentator. Anything. We need to win the cup for him this year

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  16. This guy is one of the greatest players ever to play in MLS. For a big money player he has really earned that money in goals. I hope he stays in MLS.

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  17. Speaking for me personally I will be attending fewer games next season because I’m coming from South Jersey and JPA is my son’s favorite player. There’s just less incentive for me to make the trip if he’s not even gonna be there.

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  18. Damm i actually feel guilty about agreeing with Redbull to let him go. SMH , he seemed like he was trying his best not to break down .

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  19. Class act who deserves better. Feel bad for the guy. Wouldn’t mind seeing him host the Cup if the Sounders can’t get it done.

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  20. he’s a great player, but you have to wonder how much longer he has. but, the fact that he is an aging star doesn’t excuse how red bulls treated him.

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