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The New York Red Bulls have had an awfully quiet offseason, which has been used more to deflect rumors and links to star players as opposed to making improvements to a team that vastly underachieved by its own expectations in 2011.
That trend could be halted with word out of Sweden that the club is on the verge of signing centerback Markus Holgersson. A 6-foot-3, 26-year-old Swedish international, Holgersson has played his entire club career in his native country, first for Angelholms FF before moving to Helsingborgs IF in 2009.
The move would address an area of need, as the Red Bulls only have three experienced centerbacks currently on their roster — Tim Ream, Stephen Keel and Rafa Marquez. With Marquez slated for a midfield role, and Carlos Mendes now with Columbus after the re-entry draft, the club needs to add depth at the position.
Should Ream move to Bolton during the European winter transfer window — something general manger Erik Soler has said will not happen despite persistent reports from England — Holgersson would provide cover for his departure.
What do you think of the potential signing? What do you make of the Red Bulls' offseason so far? What else do you think the team needs to do to improve on its 2011 finish?
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