|photo from New York Red Bulls
by Daniel Feuerstein
The Red Bulls big Designated Player singing came to Major League Soccer's Media Day at the Miami Beach Convention Center and spoke to the National Media to discuss what he would do for himself and for the Red Bulls. For the entire day several players and head coaches of almost each and every club came to talk to the media as the beginning of the 2024 calendar season of Major League Soccer is officially underway.
Swedish International Midfielder Emil Forsberg entered the room and went straight to the podium to discuss with the media what his plans were once he sat down After these players spoke, starting with Darlington Nagbe of Columbus, Dean Smith as the new head coach of Charlotte FC, Ryan Gauld of Vancouver, Djordje Mihailovic now transferred to the Colorado Rapids, Head Coach of the MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew Wilfred Nancy, then members of Apple TV, MLS & Box to Box Films.
"I always want to win. I'm a creative player, I always wanted to score goals. I was nine years in Germany and wanted a different challenge and always wanted to win. I've seen MLS growing and growing throughout the years." Said Forsberg, "Winning with the Red Bulls will be a challenge and I want to help them win. I have not spoken to any Swedish players, but I have spoken to Tyler Adams when he was at Leipzig, and other players who did play in the league. It's been growing and growing with some fantastic players. I'm just excited to come. New York City is an amazing city, but my focus is on football, giving my best during training, and the club. It's a fantastic city, but I'm here for football."
What confidence he spoke with from the podium in Miami. You could hear the determination from his voice when he was speaking to the members of the media including myself and another member of the Red Bulls media that came to this event. Even though his time lasted only ten minutes, it was a beautiful ten minutes that showed he was not here to mess around. He is here to win and to bring back the glory that was missed so badly.
Reports have come out that he will be considered a number ten in the midfield for the Red Bulls, but of course, the day got even bigger when we learned from Tom Bogert of The Athletic that Luquinhas will soon be transferred to Fortaleza of Brazil, so now we need to see what the club will do to bolster the roster for depth. But at the moment can we see Cameron Harper and Lewis Morgan teaming up with Forsberg in the attack? Or could Forsberg be that in-betweener to set up and score goals along with either Dante Vanzier or Elias Manoel?
That will be the big question for new head coach Sandro Schwarz once he meets with the Red Bull media for an upcoming Zoom call. But for right now these are exciting times. There are no delays for Emil Forsberg, as he is officially in the United States and in MLS to prepare for the 2024 season. While we wait for other possible signings to come in during this winter transfer window, it feels like certain pieces to the puzzle are about to take shape for Harrison at Red Bull Arena.