Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Red Bulls add some Spanish flair
by Ridge Mahoney, March 12th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS]Red Bull coach Juan Carlos Osorio's success last year rebuilding his team with midfielders and defenders from South America and Concacacf was mixed, so he's turned to Europe, specifically Spain.

The signing of former Barcelona and Real Madrid veteran Alberto Celades was announced Wednesday following weeks of training and appearances in preseason action. Celades, 33, has played for Celta Vigo, Real Zaragoza and French club Bordeaux (on loan) in addition to the two Spanish powerhouse clubs.

He played four seasons (72 matches) for Barcelona at the beginning of his career and spent five seasons (56 matches) with Real Madrid. Zaragoza was his last stop, where he played 72 games during three seasons. When Zaragoza was relegated at the end of the 2007-8 season, he was released and signed with MLS as a free agent.

A holding midfielder at Barcelona, Celades has also played central defense, including his time at with Real Madrid. The New York roster lists him as a midfielder.

Celades is not eligible for league competition until his P-1 visa paperwork is processed and MLS receives his international transfer certificate, so he may miss the MLS 2009 opener next Thursday against Seattle. He is expected to play this Thursday when New York plays Crystal Palace Baltimore of USL-1 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Osorio hasn't abandoned the search for talent closer to home. Salvadoran Alberto Pacheco, scouted by Osorio last month in a league match playing for FAS, has been signed on loan, and the club has acquired an additional international slot from Houston that could be filled by Costa Rican right back Carlos Johnson. Mexican defender Jaime Duran and Trinidad & Tobago defender Akile Edwards are among the other foreign players who've been with New York in preseason.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Miazga makes Eredivisie debut    
Matt Miazga made his Eredivisie debut for Vitesse as a substitute in its 2-1 loss at ...
MLS Week 29: Results & Standings    
The New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and New York City FC became the first three ...
U.S. Abroad: Another convincing win for Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund    
Borussia Dortmund completed its second perfect week in a row when it beat Freiburg, 3-1, to ...
NWSL: Reign and Flash fight for final playoff berth    
The Seattle Reign, winner of the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Shield as regular-season champion, still has ...
NWSL: Edwards to retire after three pro titles    
Orlando Pride midfielder Becky Edwards, 28, will retire after Saturday's Pride game against FC Kansas City ...
This week in men's college soccer    
No. 1 Syracuse is off to its best start in school history -- starting out 8-0-0 ...
MLS Countdown: Lions and Kreis face crucial test at RFK    
A Saturday game between D.C. United and Orlando City matches teams with identical 7-9-13 records and ...
NASL owners remain 'undaunted' amid turmoil    
In response to reports of its potential unraveling, the six-year-old North American Soccer League issued a ...
What They're Saying: Eddie Rodger    
"They didn't just burn bridges with the local soccer community, they nuked them. It's disgraceful. They ...
MLS Moves: Pomykal will wear No. 19 in Rhine's memory    
Five years after former FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine died suddenly and the team unofficially retired ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives