Instant Impact From Angel

Juan Pablo Angel was a somewhat controversial “Beckham Rule” signing. Despite having several good seasons at Villa Park he found himself surplus to the requirements after the January transfer window. Angel did score seven cup and league goals this past season in England, but knowing his time was up with Aston Villa he moved to MLS. Many people, myself included felt the Beckham rule should be reserved for high profile international superstars.
Whether Angel can eventually bring more fans to the Red Bulls matches is debatable. Despite being the largest metropolitan area in the country, New York is next to last in MLS attendance this season. However, Angel has already scored two goals (one was in a US Open Cup match) and contributed two assists in three games played. Joining wonderkid Josmer Altidore and grizzled veterans Clint Mathis and John Wolyneic in the Red Bull attack, Angel has now made Bruce Arena’s team one of the most formidable in MLS. Let’s hope their is still more to come from Angel.
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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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