LeToux To RBNY Highlights Recent Trade Activity

From Nick Klein

When the MLS Summer transfer window opened at the end of this past June, the New York Red Bulls were determined to shore up their midfield on the offensive side and get that classic number ten midfielder and hoped to get Luke Rodgers back with his visa issues still pending.

And while rumors have been rampant that certain Brazilians or Stephen Ireland were being targeted, on Friday the thirteenth it seems that Sporting Director Eric Soler has pulled the trigger on a trade that has stunned everyone in MLS.

The Red Bulls made a deal with the Vancouver Whitecaps that sends Jamaican international midfielder Dane Richards to Western Canada, and in return they get forward Sebastian LeToux. The Whitecaps will also receive allocation money in the deal.

The trade in many ways does make sense as Jan Gunnar Solli will be on the right side of the midfield as Brandon Barklage has excelled in the right back position. Let’s also not forget the surging Academy defender-midfielder Connor Lade, who has proven that he can play solid minutes. This situation can also give either Kenny Cooper or Thierry Henry some rest when LeToux can pair up with either man.

While the Clemson product has improved every season since being drafted by Bruce Arena in 2007, Richards’ recent form has dipped. His only goal came against the Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium earlier this season.

But what it shows from the Red Bulls is that they are buyers in the market, making moves in expectation of a deep MLS Cup Playoff run. For the Whitecaps they have allowed a transfer of Swiss midfielder Davide Chiumiento back to his home land and maybe they see Dane Richards as a replacement. They may also be clearing space to make another splash in the transfer market before the window ends. With the emergence of Darren Mattocks as a rookie sensation at forward, Martin Rennie clearly needed to alleviate their abundance of attackers.

The Red Bulls have also acquired Bill Gaudette from the L.A. Galaxy for a conditional pick. What that means for young keeper Ryan Meara is unclear.

Down in the heart of Texas, F.C. Dallas acquired enigmatic designated player Julian de Guzman from Toronto F.C. for young forward Andrew Wiedeman. The native Canadian de Guzman has struggled to live up to the DP label from the defensive midfield position, and he will look to the Hoops as a fresh start.

Welcome to silly season, and once again crazy deals within the league are happening. Clubs continue to look for that big transfer to give their sides a boost to a playoff position and reach the MLS Cup Playoffs, while others align for the future. Let’s see what happens before the window closes.

3 Responses to LeToux To RBNY Highlights Recent Trade Activity

  1. Charles says:

    Can’t believe Vancouver is messing with the success.

  2. Yanks actually do know Footy! says:

    If RBNY supporters think that Kaka’ is coming to MLS this season
    leaving his selection to the Brazilian National Team in doubt on
    the eve of the World Cup in Brazil than they are drinking something
    other than Redbull. The Stephen Ireland situation has been clouded
    since the appointment of Gerard Houlier as RedBull Director of
    Global Football Operations. The two had a horrible relationship
    during Houlier’s time as Aston Villa manager and it is hard to
    believe that he would be advising Kaiser Dieter to a sign him
    regardless of Hans Backe’s high opinion of the inconsistent
    midfielder. The Stephen Ireland situation may be a blessing in
    disguise. If RBNY supporters loathe Rafa Marquez work ethic than
    Stephen Ireland will drive them to the brink of insanity. Hans
    Backe’s use of Thiery Henry as an attacking midfielder against
    Sounders fc is an indication that a true number 10 acquisition, as
    a DP, may not be a realistic expectation for RBNY this season. The
    Le Toux transfer is obviously a rent a player move designed for the
    club to have a go at that elusive MLS Cup. Interesting to see how
    much Le Toux can contribute for the remainder of the season. On a
    side note the CAM position would be filled nicely by targeting
    Chivas Nick La Brocca. It wouldn’t cost much as far as talent and
    money and would keep a DP spot open for the future, just an idea.

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