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Dante Vanzeir meets the media at Red Bull Arena

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Daniel Feuerstein

The New York Red Bulls held their Media day to officially open the 2023 season as they introduced their brand new striker Belgium youth International Dante Vanzeir to the club as the high expectations have been brought over to this young and exciting striker. 

After he was introduced to the media by the club, Head Coach Gerhard Struber stood next to Vazeir and posed with him for a picture holding up the brand-new away jersey created by Sports Fashion designer Daniel Patrick and a round of applause came from the attending media.

When Vanzeir finally sat down and spoke to the media, you could already tell he was confident and glowing as he was very happy to be with the New York Red Bulls and starting his new venture here in MLS his first season playing professionally in the United States. But why did he want to make this move from Belgium to MLS?

"I think the New York Red Bulls and in general Red Bull had a nice plan for me." said Vanzeir", Their ambitions, their style of play, and the culture in the club really fits my style too, and that is one of my main reasons to join this club. I also believe that MLS fits my style as well, I want to get my chance here and prove myself and the competition."

When you see how this club has been constructed, you know the offensive capabilities they can have with both Lewis Morgan and Luquinhas going up the wings, or having Luquinhas providing behind the strikers. While we all know it's a positive to have them convert goals, the real question was, which striker was going to help them add to the score sheet and that has been lacking since the retirement of Bradley Wright-Phillips.

"My personal goal every year for myself, and I'm a realistic guy as well as realistic is 15 goals. I am aiming towards that every year. But being here, I'm going to have to adapt to the culture here, the time difference, and a lot of things. I think the team understands that, I think once I'm feeling good on and off the pitch, everything will be just fine.

I'm a guy who won't do the most crazy things on the pitch, but I'm very hard-working., I'll help the team by creating chances and putting on a lot of pressure. I want to score goals and make the fans very happy. I know if I can do that the fans will be very pleased with me here at the stadium."

He is already aware of the differences between playing in the USA and in Belgium or within the continent of Europe, as he is knowledgeable of the summer months and the time differences within the country playing against opponents within the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, so it looks like he has been well informed.

Overall we won't know what Vanzeir will do once he finally gets acclimated to the club during training sessions and gets his minutes, but as I said, his confidence coming to the New York Red Bulls has shown to be a big asset and I have a solid feeling he will be a good fit for the club once he steps on the pitch in MLS and show the league what he's made of.


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