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Report: Leipzig Striker Brian Brobbey Returning to Ajax

Young Dutch striker Brian Brobbey is poised to return to Ajax after only three appearances according to Fabrizio Romano . The 19 year-old player couldn't make an impression on manger Jesse Marsch and was pulled off in the first half of his most recent appearance, showing little signs of trust from the team. Brobbey was seen as a potential depth signing after Hwang Hee-Chan and Alexander Sorloth departed the club. Such a young signing was never expected to make an impact right way but the quick departure is an indication that the relationship never settled in. Currently Leipzig are relying heavily on veteran Yussuf Poulsen as the back-up striker with Andre Silva finally rounding in to form as the team's first choice. Brobbey saw little chances of making the team and a return to Ajax could see him develop more before another big move around Europe. 

Red Bulls sign Daniel Edelman to a Homegrown Contract

photo by Matt Kremkau The New York Red Bulls continue to add to their roster by signing Under-20 USMNT midfielder and New Jersey native Daniel Edelman to a two-year MLS Homegrown contract with an option for 2024 and 2025, the club announced today. Edelman, who signed with NYRBII in 2020, finished his second professional season with Red Bulls II this year. “We are delighted to promote Daniel to the first team,” said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. “Daniel is a young prospect that we saw great things at Red Bulls II and can’t wait to see his continued development with our club.” Edelman, 18, wrapped up his first entire season with New York Red Bulls II, appearing in 30 games with 28 starts and 2,486 minutes played. The Warren, New Jersey native, recorded one goal, one assist, and 35 key passes while leading the team in interceptions (54), tackles (87), tackles won (59), duels won (182), and passes (1,350). “Daniel is a top prospect at the midfield position,” said Head Coach Gerhard S

NYRB II Roster Moves Ahead of 2022 Season

New York Red Bulls II see the usual high turnover for their club heading in to their final USL Championship season in 2022 with some key names leaving and others staying. The biggest of note is that both Daniel Edelman and Jake LaCava are out of contract. Whether they will remain in the USL or sign MLS contracts remains to be seen. Three notable players will not be back with the team as the options on Emir Tombul, Kyle Zajac and Luther Archimede. Combined with the call-ups of AJ Marcucci and Omar Sowe, New York Red Bulls II will be rebuilding yet again heading into 2022.  "We look forward to adding more depth in quality to compliment the current group," said Academy Director Sean McCafferty. "We strive to be in contention for the playoffs and improve in all areas moving forward." New York has failed to make the playoffs in their last two seasons after fast success that saw them win the USL Championship in their second season back in 2016. The rest of the league has

Official: Red Bulls Acquire Scottish midfielder Lewis Morgan

With the team's attacking options were sorely lacking in 2021, the New York Red Bulls didn't wait very long to acquire a piece of the puzzle by acquiring Scottish attacking midfielder Lewis Morgan from Inter Miami CF in exchange for $1,200,000 in General Allocation Money over two years, the club announced today. The midfielder will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster. The Red Bulls will send Inter Miami $700,000 of GAM for 2022, and $500,000 of GAM for 2023. Miami will also retain a percentage of a future transfer. Morgan, 25, has spent the last two seasons in MLS at Inter Miami CF. The Paisley, Scotland, native has tallied seven goals and 12 assists in 57 appearances, which includes a five-goal, seven-assist 2020 campaign as an attacking midfielder where he was named Team MVP. “We are delighted to add Lewis as an attacking option,” Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell said. “Not only does he bring a wealth of experience from Europe, but he has found success in MLS the

Wolyniec to Step Down as New York Red Bulls II Head Coach

photo from New York Red Bulls With the New York Red Bulls II entering their final season in the USL Championship, one person that will not be going with them as they play in the MLS NEXT Pro developmental league in 2023 will be John Wolyniec, who announced that he will be stepping down from his position as the head coach of the club. John has been with the Red Bulls Academy/NYRBII in a coaching capacity since his retirement from playing in 2010. The sudden news has stunned both the club and supporters alike. “I want to say thank you to the fans and club for all their support throughout the years, as a player and coach,” said John Wolyniec. “My goal was to always put this club in the best position, most importantly by creating an environment that fostered relationships with our staff and especially with our young players where we could all grow professionally and achieve the success we all chased. Now, I have a chance for myself to grow professionally and find that next opportunity that

Report: Red Bulls Set to Acquire Lewis Morgan from Inter Miami

photo from the Scottish Sun New York Red Bulls have been linked with a trade that will see Lewis Morgan join the club for $1.2 million in allocation money. According to The Athletic, the move comes when New York is in need of a winger following the departure of Daniel Royer. The 25 year-old Scottish player has been with Inter Miami since their inception in 2020. He joined the club from Celtic after several loans around United Kingdom, including spells at St. Mirren and Sunderland FC. In total he played 57 games for Inter Miami and scored three goals over that span.  The move benefits both teams as New York is in need of a pressing winger and Miami is in desperate need of salary relief. The allocation cost will alleviate them and open up the possibility of more player moves this off-season. For New York, it is another shrewd move by Kevin Thelwell, who appears to have learned how to pull talent from unsuspecting locations in the league. No word on when the move will become official but

Coronel Becomes Permanent Red Bulls player

photo by Matt Kremkau While the New York Red Bulls are working diligently on improving their roster ahead of the 2022 MLS campaign, one major piece has been solidified with the signing of goalkeeper Carlos Coronel from Salzburg. “Carlos was a big part of our success last season, and we are delighted to extend his stay with us,” Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell said. “Finishing as one of the top goalkeepers last season made it an easy decision for us to bring him back.” Coronel, 24, made an immediate impact in his first full season at New York. The Brazilian goalkeeper recorded 13 clean sheets, which tied Joe Willis and William Yarbrough for the league lead. He tallied seven of his 13 shutouts in the final 12 matches to help New York reach the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season. Coronel was just one of two goalkeepers and one of five MLS players overall to play every minute in 2021.  “Carlos is a big talent, and I am pleased to see him back with us,” said Head Coach Gerhard Struber. “

Red Bulls Roster Decisions: Royer Out; Coronel In

photo by Matt Kremkau Key decisions will need to be made by the New York Red Bulls who released their roster decisions following the end of the 2021 season. Key names are either out of contract or had their options declined including: Daniel Royer, Fabio, Mathias Jorgensen, Kyle Duncan and captain Sean Davis. Expectations are that Davis will return but we know that Duncan has already departed the club for Europe. Several names will remain in New York for the foreseeable future including Frankie Amaya who signed a three-year deal with the Red Bulls which begins at the start of next season. The team has also decided to trigger the purchase option on goalkeeper Carlos Coronel who played every game for the club in 2021. Other players like Ryan Meara, Aaron Long, Omir Fernandez and Wiki Carmona have had their options exercised and are expected to return next year. Other names of note are Andrew Gutman and Tom Edwards who's options have expired. There isn't any news as to whether the