Red Bulls Trio Called Up to Respective National Teams; Agudelo to US U-23 Camp
HARRISON, NJ (February 16, 2012) – The New York Red Bulls announced today that midfielders Joel Lindpere (Estonia) and Rafa Marquez (Mexico) and defender Roy Miller (Costa Rica) have all received call ups from their respective national teams for international friendlies that take place on Wednesday, Feb. 29. In addition, forward Juan Agudelo has been called into United States Under-23 camp for a match on that same date.
Lindpere will join Estonia for its match against El Salvador in Los Angeles, CA. Lindpere has earned 76 caps during his international career, which began with his first call up to the Estonian National Team in 1999. He has become one of the club’s most reliable players. In 2011, he set single-season club records in games played and started by earning a start in each of the team’s 34 games, recording seven goals and seven assists.
Marquez and Mexico are facing Colombia in Miami, FL. A veteran of the National Team who has earned 109 caps for his country, Marquez is entering his second full season as a Red Bull. Last year, Marquez started in 19 games and registered five assists while missing time in the middle of the season due to the CONCACAF Gold Cup – a tournament Mexico won.
Entering his third season in New York, Miller was called up by Costa Rica for its international friendly against Wales in Cardiff. Since joining the Red Bulls for the 2010 season after playing professionally in both Costa Rica and Norway, Miller has earned 51 starts in 55 total appearances for the club, notching five assists while playing primarily at left fullback. Miller is looking to earn his 28th cap for his country.
Agudelo will join the U.S. Under-23 side in Frisco, TX as the Americans take on the Mexico Under-23 National Team at FC Dallas Stadium. This is the final match for the U.S. before the Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament begins on March 22. The 19-year-old and Red Bulls Academy product is in his third season with the Red Bulls and is coming off a 2011 campaign which saw him score six goals and two assists in 27 appearances. He has 16 U.S. senior team caps.