There have been two big things that have happened to start the thrusting into a new decade for the New York Red Bulls in 2021.
Both have to do with the center back position.
Without any ado, let’s get into them.
Red Bulls Sign Andres Reyes from Inter Miami
Judging that they needed a little competition in the heart of their defense and finding that this was the cause of two straight streaky seasons and two straight Wild Card losses, the Red Bulls picked up Colombian defender Andres Reyes from Inter Miami. Reyes is coming off a season in which he helped the team to the Eastern Conference Wild Card round in the club’s first year of existence.
After coming in from Colombia’s most successful club, Atletico Nacional the 21-year-old came over to a first-year club in a city with a lot of Latin flavor and played 13 games. He is your typical big man center back with a lot of skills, especially with his speed.
Tim Parker Leaves for Houston
After three good years, a Supporters Shield and one of the most meaningful center back pairings in the league with “partner in crime” Aaron Long, local kid Tim Parker has left for pastures new in Houston.
The 27-year-old amassed 95 appearances with 3 goals, making an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal and a CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal. He also pushed Long to his potential in making the MLS best XI as the 2018 MLS Defender of The Year with the best center back pairing in the league.
He leaves for 9/20 million ($450,000) in General Allocation Money and an additional 3/5 million ($600,000) in performance incentives.
I think this means Reyes will partner with Long, in which case the ’18 DOTY will be pushing Reyes just as Parker pushed him.
New York is aiming for fresher, younger, and faster legs on the backline in 2021.
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