Red Bulls acquire midfielder Stephane Auvray
HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls announced
today that they have acquired midfielder Stephane Auvray from Sporting Kansas
City in exchange for New York’s natural 2013 second round MLS SuperDraft pick.
Auvray will be available for selection for the Red Bulls’ match Saturday at Red
Bull Arena at 7:30 PM against the Chicago Fire (TV: MSG).
“Stephane is an experienced player who has competed at
various levels in professional soccer and we are excited to bring him into the
roster,” said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. “He
will provide immediate depth to our midfield as we make our push to the MLS Cup
Auvray, 29, was in the midst of his second season in Major
League Soccer with Kansas City. This season, he has made six appearances and
three starts, missing a significant amount of time captaining the Guadeloupe
National Team during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Last year, Auvray started in
21 games after missing the first two months due to injury, notching one assist featuring
primarily as a defensive midfielder.
Before joining Kansas City, Auvray played for Nimes
Olympique in the French second division, making 11 appearances. From 2004-09,
Auvray featured 144 times for French second division club Vannes OC, scoring
one goal. He has also been with lower division sides GSI Pontivy and Caen B during
his senior career, which started in 2002.
Auvray has earned 20 caps for his national team and recorded
two goals. He was part of Guadeloupe’s 2007 and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
campaigns, as well as the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup.