Rumour: Could Nigel Reo-Coker be headed to MLS?
News of Nigel Reo-Coker considering MLS has dropped, after an apparent offer from coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the US Mens National Team. Being married to an American, Reo-Coker would be eligible to play for the USA after a period of residency as he has not been capped by England at the mens level.
Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls are being touted as the two MLS sides that are in the running for the 28-year old midfielders talent.
Currently unattached, a move to the US is a definite possibility. He has apparently turned down a $2million offer from Bursaspor and a second club in Turkey.
"Reo-Coker’s desire to play here that he will accept a wage below that of Designated Player in his first year of a three year deal to get his foot inside the MLS door and launch an international career."
Reo-Coker started his professional football career for Wimbeldon, where he spent 5 years in their youth system before joining the first team in 2002. He appeared in 58 games before moving to West Ham United in 2004 and finishing runners-up in the FA Cup finals in 2006/06. Hitting the pitch in 120 fixtures for the Hammers, Reo-Coker then moved on to play in over 100 games for Aston Villa and another 37 with Bolton Wanderers.
With over 250 games played in the Premiership, he took a short 3-month spell with Championship side Ipswitch Town which was not extended.
Rumour: Jermaine Easter heading to New York?
Welsh International striker Jermaine Easter could be joining New York Red Bulls from Championship side Crystal Palace during the transfer window.
The 30-year old has been with Palace since 2011 after the conclusion of a loan to Swansea City from club MK Dons. Having seen action in 310 professional matches as well as 10 others for Wales, Easter has tallied 75 goals since 2001 with Hartlepool United.
Rumour: Gary McAllister To Become Next RBNY Coach
Scottish International Gary McAllister has been discussed as the next possible coach for New York Red Bulls, following the departure of Hans Backe following the 2012 season.
Having a player career that spanned 23 years in the UK where the now 47-year old midfielder appeared in 720 games for clubs such as Liverpool and Leeds United, McAllister has spent much of the past 10 years managing or assisting some big clubs in England.
His last stint was with Aston Villa, as Assistant Manager from 2010 to 2011. RBNY Interim Coach Mike Petke has been in charge since November, but is expected to be replaced by McAllister.
Rumour: Peguy Luyindula Joining RBNY from PSG
The 33-year old striker has not seen any time on the field this year, and is said to be terminating his contract with the French juggernauts, to join New York for the 2013 season.
Luyindula, a friend of Thierry Henry, has spent his entire professional career in France with massive clubs such as Lyon and Marseille in addition to his current club PSG.
Scoring nearly 100 goals for his club sides, and 15 for France for U-21 and the Mens National Team, Luyindula has served as a reliable goal scorer and could be a good signing for Red Bulls.
Juninho Signs With New York Red Bulls
Dead-ball specialist Juninho will be coming to MLS for the 2013 season as a member of New York Red Bulls.
With north of 125 goals in more than 20 years in professional football, Juninho has featured in over 450 games dating back to 1991.
The 37-year old Brazilian has had a storied career, playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world as well as representing his country in the 2006 World Cup tournament.
Details of the contract have not been released, but it is suggested he will not be a Designated Player.
New York Red Bulls Release Rafa Marquez
After a tenuous 2 year relationship, the Red Bulls and the 33-year old Mexican international have mutually agreed to part ways.
The club’s Sporting Director is quoted as saying, “this decision has been made in the best interests of both parties concerned.”
Terms of the split were not released as per club policy.
New York Red Bulls Sign Castano and Moreno as Homegrown Players
Goalkeeper Santiago Castano and forward Amando Moreno join New York Red Bulls from the Red Bulls Academy.
Castano has been part of the MLS side’s U-14, 15, 16, and 18 teams. The 17-year old has also spent a number of years playing for the US Youth teams.
Moreno joined the Red Bulls Academy in 2009 and has proven to be a steady scorer, putting home 33 goals and assisting in 22 other goals since playing with the U-16 squad in 2010.
Both players have been training regularly with New York’s first team, with Moreno also earning time in multiple MLS Reserve League matches.