Red Bulls hedge on Albright deal
[MLS] Acquiring defender Chris Albright, which the Red Bulls did on SuperDraft day last week, is a gamble, yet the team has contingencies in place.
He played just one league game last year after suffering a torn left lateral meniscus in late April. Projected to be out a maximum of eight weeks, Albright instead never got back to pain-free fitness and full range of motion, and according to a source had requested a trade to Philadelphia -- his hometown -- after the New England Revs declined to pick up the 2010 option on his contract.
Instead, New York agreed to the trade, sending its 31st and 48th picks to New England in exchange. Albright's contract is not guaranteed and is contingent on Albright proving he has recovered. If he's unable to do so, the Red Bulls will bear only very limited long-term contractual or financial responsibility.
Albright, 31, joined MLS as a forward in 1999 after leaving Virginia after his sophomore year to sign as a Project-40 player and the first one to be offered a considerable salary. He appeared in eight regular-season games in his rookie year as D.C. United won the title, and during his career moved to midfield and eventually the back line. He also won two championships (2002, 2005) after being traded to the Galaxy, which in January, 2008, sent him on to New England for allocation money.
In 199 MLS regular-season games he's scored 11 goals and registered 20 assists.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily Orlando City SC launches Web site Oct. 22, 11:20 p.m. |
[ONLINE WATCH] As one of two MLS expansion teams that will start play next March, Orlando ... IMG obtains MLS and U.S. Soccer global rights Oct. 22, 11:09 p.m.
[SOCCER BUSINESS] IMG has signed an eight-year agreement with MLS and U.S. Soccer to market and ... USA headed to London to face Colombia in November Oct. 22, 11:06 p.m.
[DATEBOOK] The USA will play its first ever neutral match in England on Nov. 14 when ... What They're Saying: Don Garber Oct. 22, 10:32 p.m.
"Somehow this turned into a personal Klinsmann vs. Garber debate and I have seen some of ... Keith Olbermann skewers Colorado Rapids president Oct. 22, 2:23 a.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Rapids president Tim Hinchey made Keith Olbermann's the "World's Worst Person ... Real Salt Lake angling for highest possible finish Oct. 22, 1:12 a.m.
[MLS: Week 33] The concept of a "bogey" team -- a foe that no matter how ... Portland Timbers exit after stunning defeat in Honduras Oct. 22, 1:06 a.m.
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The Portland Timbers exited the Concacaf Champions League Tuesday when they suffered their ... Concacaf Women's Championship Scoreboard Oct. 21, 11:41 p.m.
[ROUNDUP: Tuesday] Just like in 2010, the USA will face Mexico in the semifinals at the ... Pep Guardiola: 'It's not normal to win, 7-1' Oct. 21, 8:22 p.m.
[UCL: Week 3] It was Germany-Brazil all over again. Bayern Munich with five German World Cup ... MLS set to break season attendance record Oct. 21, 6:24 p.m.
[CROWD COUNT] Major League Soccer is set to break its record for average attendance set in ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives