by Daniel Feuerstein
The New York Red Bulls have officially acquired Belgien International Striker Dante Vanzeir from Royal Union Saint-Gilliose for an undisclosed transfer fee and will begin training with the club as soon as he gets a receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. He is signing as a Designated Player on a four-year contract with an option for 2027.
"We are very excited to add Dante [Vanzeir] to our club," said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. "He is a top-class professional and is highly motivated to show his skills here in the Unted States, we are excited to see him on the pitch at Red Bull Arena soon."
The 24 year old made 92 appearances with his former side scoring 48 Goals and Tallying 21 assists. In his first season with the club, Vaneir scored 18 goals and won the golden boot in the Challenger Pro League, the second division in Belgium soccer. He led led Royalo Union Saint-Gilliose to win the league and earn promotion to the Juplier Pro League for the first time in 48 years. This season with the club he has made 28 appearances across all competitions and scored 12 goals with two assists.
"Dante is a great human being and has goal scoring ability, we are happy to have him in New York," Said Head Coch Gerhard Struber. "He is a very talented player, and he will helpus accomplish our goals for the 2023 season."
The Beringen, Belgium native has spent time at clubs like Beerschot V.A., KV Mechelen, and KRC Genk, and represented Belgium on all levels of the Youth National Teams from the U-15's to the U-21's. He's made 37 appearances as a Youth International and has scored eight goals. In November 2021 he was named to Belgium's senior side for their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign facing both Estonia and Wales.
Vanzeir earned his first cap for Belgium against Wales when former French International, and Former New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was the assistant coach under Roberto Martinez with the National Team. With this move it feels like a brand new era will begin with the Red Bulls as it looks like Schneider finally got his big targeted transfer signing to join the striker department and fix the number one issue that has plagued this side since the retirement of Bradley Wright-Phillips, goalscoring from the striker department.