By FRANCO PANIZO
The New York Red Bulls are not for sale.
In the wake of an SI.com report published on Wednesday, MLS commissioner Don Garber has emphatically shot down the notion that the Red Bulls are for sale. The report stated that the club’s ownership group would be willing to sell the rights to the team and its soccer stadium, Red Bull Arena, for $300 million, but Garber said that is not the case.
“Can absolutely assure that the club is not for sale,” Garber told the New York Daily News. “Both the owner and management team in Austria and New York are as committed as ever to Major League Soccer, the club and their fans.”
Garber’s words echo that of the statement made by the Red Bulls just hours after the report came out.
“There are no plans to sell the New York Red Bulls,” read the statement. “While interest in soccer continues to grow in the U.S. and the MLS continues to expand, Red Bull is confident now more than ever in its investment and committed to the franchise and its supporters.”
The Red Bulls also rejected the idea that a decision on Thierry Henry’s playing future has been made. The same SI.com report stated that there was no chance Henry would return to the club following the expiration of his contract at season’s end, but the Red Bulls said decisions would not be made until after the season.
“The New York Red Bulls and Thierry Henry are focused on the MLS playoff race,” read the statement. “The club will wait until the off-season to discuss player personnel matters.”
New York is currently trying to reach the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs. The club currently sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, holding the final postseason berth, with four matches remaining in the regular season.
What do you make of Garber’s comments? Believe him? Think he is telling the truth but crossing your fingers for Red Bulls to sell the club in the near future?
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