Soler confirms NYRB in hot pursuit of third DP

NYRB Sporting Director says 2nd DP yet to sign a contract

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New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Erik Soler confirmed to reporters
at Red Bull Arena on Saturday that the Red Bulls will unveil a second designated player to the
media on Thursday. Soler would not comment on the particular player, but he said that the
process began “a long time ago.”

Although speculation is running rampant that the player to be announced will be former Barcelona and French
international Thierry Henry, Soler said that a contract is yet to be signed between the unnamed player in question and the club.

Soler also discussed that a third designated player could be a part of the summer
signing spree for the Red Bulls. The sporting director told reporters that the
target before the World Cup had always been to sign two marquee players. He revealed that the player
of interest is a midfielder.

“I
think it’s more than 50-50,” Soler said of whether a third designated player,
the mystery midfielder, would be signed.

The
rumor mill says that Mexican international Rafael Marquez is the
player of interest. Soler fueled this speculation that it could be Marquez by
commenting that the player can man a number of positions all over the field.

In addition, Marquez is currently under contract to Barcelona. Soler confirmed that the third DP the club is pursuing is “not out of contract.”

When
asked by MLSSoccer.com if the mystery midfielder is one who had played with
Henry before, Soler simply said “I have no comment for that.”

Kristian Dyer is a reporter for MLSSoccer.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.  He can be reached for comment at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at
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