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Backe: Search for No. 10 is off, for now

Earlier last week, New York head coach Hans Backe revealed that the club had failed to sign one of two creative midfielders that had been targeted for a playmaker role.

Backe then revealed later in the week that there was another midfielder in the picture that the team was talking with. Apparently, talks have ceased there, too.

“I think nothing has happened with that,” Backe told “At the moment, we have nothing else that we are pursuing. I don’t think we’ll have any additions this transfer window.”

Backe said that he is pleased with the midfield as it is, and he’s not looking to make any additions after this recent setback. The team had been looking for a central player who could deliver the ball effectively to Juan Pablo Angel and his partner up top. Currently, the Red Bulls are tied for fifth in the league in goals scored.

The coach praised the play of Colorado’s central midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy in orchestrating the flow of the game for his team in Sunday’s 1-1 tie at Dick’s sporting Goods Park. However, he affirmed that there were currently no Ballouchy-like targets for the Red Bulls.

“We will stay as we are,” Backe said.

Two weeks ago, the coach revealed to that he was pursuing two European midfielders to add creativity and distribution to the team. Both targets were out-of-contract players, Backe had said, adding that any signing would be a recognizable name to American soccer fans.

The MLS transfer window opens on July 15.

Kristian Dyer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.