|photo from New York Red Bulls II
Despite a need for forward options, the New York Red Bulls have sent rising forward Omar Sowe to the Icelandic league with Breidablik for the 2022 MLS season. The announcement comes after speculation of the move circulated the internet and talk between critics about New York's need to solidify the forward position after continued struggles by Patryk Klimala.
Sowe, a Gambian international player, led New York Red Bulls II in goals in 2021 with eight and made one MLS appearance after signing a first team contract in the middle of that year. In total, Sowe played in 47 games for Red Bulls II and scored 17 goals over that window. His improved form was notable with his inclusion into the first team, which makes the move all that much more shocking.
"We want to see Omar get minutes and grow professionally at a top division," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett.
A "top division" is certainly not what Sowe will be entering. While there may be other factors that led to the move, including the signing of Ashley Fletcher from England, it is odd that New York would sacrifice its depth in such a manner.
Sowe will return to MLS at the end of the 2022 season with a question around whether or not there is a place for him in a very tight roster.