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The Striker Department is getting full for 2023

photo by Matt Kremkau For the last three seasons, there has been a huge question mark for the New York Red Bulls once the Bradley Wright-Phillips era came to an end in 2019. The hope was both Brian White & Tom Barlow would be the anointed ones to move forward and become that terrible tandem to begin the new age of goal-scoring terror, but at this point in time it fizzled out very quickly. White was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps, while Barlow has remained with the club coming off as a substitute with an occasional start here and there. These last two seasons the Red Bulls brought in some talent through transfers, loans, and call-ups from their two team to try and add some spark to the position. Patryk Klimala was transferred over from Celtic FC in Scotland as the Polish Youth International was given a Designated Player contract to be the new face on the score sheet and deliver some big moments as well as Fabio who came over on loan from his club in Brazil. Unfortunately, the spa

Klimala Won't Got to St. Louis (Most Likely)

photo by Matt Kremkau Despite not being protected against the impending MLS Expansion Draft, New York Red Bulls and their fans have little to worry about with regards to embattled striker Patryk Klimala. The Polish forward hasn't produced as much as expected over the last two seasons but will more than likely still wear the team's colors comes 2023. The main reason why St. Louis SC will more than likely not look to Klimala as an option will likely be his salary. According to the league's union, Klimala makes over $1.1 million in guaranteed compensation. This would make him a designated player for the new franchise or force them to use a fair amount of Targeted Allocation Money in order to bring his salary down. Given his lack of production in front of goal, it would be wise for him to not be in the selection pool. The second reason is his inability to score goals. In 57 MLS appearances for the club, Klimala has only netted 13 goals and assisted in 10 others. 2022 was especi

Aaron Long Selected for Qatar Silences the Haters

photo by Matt Kremkau On Wednesday, November 9th, US Men's National Team Head Coach Greg Berhalter had a World Cup roster announcement party in Brooklyn, NY to inform the fans and the media of who is going to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and begin play on Monday, November 21st against Wales. While former New York Red Bulls players like Center back Tim Ream and Midfielder Tyler Adams were selected to join the roster, a current Red Bull player will also make the trip as Center back and club captain Aaron Long will be flying to the middle east. Long has had a solid career with the Red Bulls and has been the backbone of that backline since he was called up from Red Bulls 2 during their USL tenure making strong defensive decisions, solid runbacks to prevent chances from being taken and, has also scored some big goals in the regular season, the playoffs and the US Open Cup. We remember his disastrous 2021 season when Long was challenging for a high ball when he leaped in the air to try an