Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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
English striker cleared to move to Red Bulls
by Ridge Mahoney, December 10th, 2010 1:57AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, new york red bulls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] One of two offseason acquisitions targeted by Red Bulls coach Hans Backe has cleared a major hurdle to signing an MLS contract. Forward Luke Rodgers, currently playing for Notts County in England’s League One (third division), has been approved for a work visa to play in MLS, which clears the league and the club to finalize a deal that will take effect during the domestic transfer window that opens in January.

Rodgers, 28, has played for Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Yeovil Town, and Notts County, where Backe was the manager before reportedly leaving over a dispute regarding wages shortly before accepting the Red Bulls’ job a year ago.

Backe and the Red Bulls tried to get Rodgers in April, but the U.S. Department of State blocked attempts to get him a work visa, citing his conviction for affray (fighting in a manner that disturbs the peace and threatens others) stemming from a nightclub brawl in October, 2009 and other incidents. He was arrested in 2002 for fighting with an opposing player in a parking lot and in 2003 was fined and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for setting off a firework that accidently hit a 16-year-girl in the face.

He scored 13 goals in 41 matches for Notts County last season as it earned promotion to League One. He hasn’t scored in four league matches this season, which has become a lame-duck campaign with his pending move to MLS. Department of State officials attended meetings to resolve the work-visa issues and Red Bulls general manger Erik Soler told the New York Post last week that a behavioral clause has been written into Rodgers’ MLS contract.

Backe and Soler are also negotiating to bring Jan Gunnar Solli, a Norwegian midfielder whose contract with SK Brann expired in October, to MLS. Solli, 29, has played for Odd Grenland and Rosenborg and earned 40 caps for Norway’s national team.



0 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: December 10, 2010 at 10:12 a.m.
    A troublemaker coming to New York City? God help us.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Concacaf Olympic women's qualifying results    
West Virginia University's Ashley Lawrence scored three goals and 16-year-old Deanne Rose had the other two ...
CCL Countdown: MLS's four clubs face daunting tasks    
MLS's four representatives in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals -- the LA Galaxy, Seattle, Real Salt ...
WCQ Countdown: Guatemala wins in Claveri's debut    
Guatemala warmed up for its make-or-break World Cup 2018 qualifying series against the USA in March ...
What They're Saying: Prince Ali    
"How are you then going to earn the respect of the entire world and players across ...
What They're Saying: David Villa    
"Right now it's better for me, it is important for me. As captain of the team, ...
Making a List: MLS All-Stars vs. EPL Teams    
The MLS All-Stars will face Arsenal in the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 29 ...
MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 11)    
In need of help in central midfield following the knee injury to Designated Player summer signing ...
Video Pick: How MLS All-Stars vs. Arsenal came about     
The best promotional video ever gets underway with Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco and Herculez Gomez, features ...
Making a List: MLS players on move to NASL    
Brazilian defender Adailton became the latest former MLS player to sign with an NASL team when ...
MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 10)    
The Philadelphia Union signed forward C.J. Sapong to a three-year contract. He led the Union with ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives