Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Red Bulls Product Heads to College, Not MLS
Soccer By Ives, April 17th, 2008 4PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Soccer By Ives reports that New York Red Bulls product Matt Kassel will not be making the jump to the senior team this season. Which is to say that Kassel, considered to be the most promising youngster in the Bulls' youth academy, will not become, as many expected, the first youth academy product to sign a contract to play for the team that developed him.

Ives says the decision won't sit well with Red Bulls fans frustrated by the team's lack of major off-season acquisitions. Given the closing of the MLS international transfer deadline on Tuesday and the Bulls tepid loss to FC Dallas last weekend, many fans are already filled with foreboding about another mediocre season. The signing of a promising young star might have tempered those feelings, but either way, Ives says the reality is that Kassel simply isn't ready for MLS.

Nor did the Red Bulls offer him a Generation adidas contract, which would have meant more money for Kassel and roster exemption for the club, because that would have kept the Bulls from being able to add another academy player to the project for three years. Instead, Kassel will continue to attend training sessions until he heads to the University of Maryland in the fall, unless Kassel and the Bulls head back to the bargaining table before then, which could also happen.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Five Lessons to Prepare for College Soccer    
Ed McLaughlin, the Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth who has been involved in college athletics for ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Chivas USA Youth Players Face Murky Future    
Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season, had one of the MLS's most ambitious youth ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives