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Red Bulls in talks with third DP

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With a little more than two weeks remaining until the close of the MLS summer transfer window, the New York Red Bulls have a Designated Player in their sights.

According to head coach Hans Backe, the Red Bulls have targeted and are currently in negotiations with a potential third DP to join the likes of Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez.

"Yeah, absolutely, we are looking for that, and we are in negotiations, but that will probably take time," Backe said after Wednesday’s practice.

When asked whether the team was negotiating with a club or the player himself, Backe stated, "It’s always difficult to finish personal terms. It takes time."

One possible hint as to the type of player the team may be looking for came when discussing the status of Luke Rodgers. Though the team says they are still leaving the door open for the English striker, whose visa situation has still not been cleared up, Backe made clear the team still places the acquisition of a quality starter as a top priority. In terms of other forward options for the club, former Colorado Rapids forward Quincy Amarikwa has been on trial.

"We hope for (Rodgers), but you never know," he said. "That’s the target; to get one quality guy up front.  We trade one or we buy one from Europe, we don’t really know yet. It takes time. It’s not overnight we do these trades or buying players from Europe."

Negotiations between New York and a potential third DP will continue, and, according to the coach, there is no league interference in the team's dealings, it is just a matter of the two parties coming to an agreement.

New York has recently been linked to the likes of Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland and German star Michael Ballack, both of whom would require a DP style contract. As recently as last month, though, general manager Erik Soler stated the team would look toward a younger player for its final DP slot. 


Who do you think the Red Bulls' third DP will be? What kind of player do you think the team should be targeting?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Ireland sucks…I don’t even like NYRB but I’d be angry if an MLS designated player slot was used on his bald @$$.

  2. We very clearly need a YOUNG, skillful, creative, attacking central midfielder. The fact that Backe is suggesting a striker in addition to Henry and Cooper demonstrates his incompetence. Yes, Henry is injured all the time but if we play possession oriented football and spread the field, we’ll score plenty of goals even with Henry on the bench

  3. It’s weak that some DPs can’t/won’t play on turf, but it’s even weaker that there are 3 new teams, plus 1 old team, in MLS that play on carpet.

  4. Too bad Salomon Kalou already penned a deal elsewhere. Would have been a great fit (in all aspects: team, as a younger solid DP w/ storied career, to the NYRB franchise, MLS as a brand, etc). Based on the recent Steve Nash fundraiser, it looked as if Kalou to the MLS was likely. Guess he wants to wait until he’s 30+ to get a call to the states.

  5. thanks, we ALREADY KNEW THIS. how many articles are going to be out saying NY are “in talks with another DP”. we know, we know, we know. please write something when we know WHO it is.

  6. I agree with you 100% there Michael but you need to understand that Backe does not have it in him to be creative when it comes to using the talent this club had, it shows in our style of play very predictable, uninspired and inconsistent. We don’t need another striker. What we need is an attacking mid/ playmaker but I’m tired of saying the same thing. Other shortcomings we have is playing with a lone striker, it does not work for us. Backe and Soler need to deliver something…

  7. Um…NY needs a CAM and Boca would be terrible there. He could hoof passes over the end line and watch Henry have a fit.

  8. Sheva is EXACTLY the type of player MLS should avoid like the plague. He played uninspired football with Chelsea 3 years ago, yet somehow playing MLS will motivate him? NYRB needs someone hungry or someone with an edge or someone with something to prove, not someone just looking to collect a paycheck.

  9. Luke Rodgers? Seriously? Why? please tell us WHY !!!

    Why is NY obsessed with him? Season 2011 10 Goals and few assists.

  10. Google Frank Lampard MLS and look at the news section. There’s a ton of links, and he specifically addressed his LA visit

  11. link? Because he was in LA recently and rumors were swirling. Even emphatic statements are sometimes just posturing for negotiations.

  12. Who cares…It’s DC’s gain and we aren’t looking back. Maybe the RB’s can send us the next MVP they get a hold of too.

  13. Could Carlos Bocanegra be the 3rd DP?
    We’re all aware of the Rangers newco situation, and Boca is looking for another club.
    Alot of chatter appears that he is returning to MLS. NYRB does need defensive help.

  14. I’d be interested if the DP (“buying players from Europe”) and striker ideas are the same single idea. Why not sign Sheva and use Henry as a wing where he has played some? Play something like

    Sheva Cooper
    Richards McCarty Lindpere Henry

    I don’t understand the Rodgers obsession, he was a solid but only somewhat productive player. Cooper has more goals by half season, playing among most of the same players, than Rodgers did all last year. Consider it an upgrade and move on.

    Ballack is past it and even preparing for TV work, Ireland is not productive enough to change anything. I’m surprised that the same Red Bull entity which has bought F1 titles hasn’t taken more advantage of the DP rules and gone out and bought themselves someone young and productive. I know lots of players’ goal is Europe and traditional success but there are mercenary players like Asamoah Gyan (or maybe Shane Smeltz or some A-leaguer) who should respond to a bank truck backed to their house. Weird for Red Bull to be more passive than LAG. [I know Marquez has not gone well, but that’s a write off…]

  15. The article said, “As recently as last month, though, general manager Erik Soler stated the team would look toward a younger player for its final DP slot.”

    …then again, how good is Soler’s word?

  16. half* ; good point tho. id be pissed if my club’s big investments were sitting that much.

    certainly need a younger player if they are going to add.

  17. If this team can get healthy they are going to destroy everyone.


    Bench: Ballouchy, Richards, Holgersson, Lade, Miller, Palsson, (maybe Rodgers too?)

    Health is the concern.

  18. I keep repeating Red Bulls need a creative midfielder,
    or will never win anything,bedides the DP’s play only
    have of the games.

  19. Shouldn’t this comment be held until we find out who the DP is? It just seems like you’re trashing them for simply trying to improve the team

  20. And NY continues to show us how NOT to run an MLS team.
    And this is the city the MLS is trying it’s hardest to get in bed with!?


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