The New York Red Bulls have finally brought someone in who can improve the side in 2015, but it has cost them two more players as Eric Alexander and Ambroise Oyongo have both been sent to the Montreal Impact in a trade for Felipe Martins and the top allocation spot in MLS.
Felipe Martins played under new Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch in Montreal during the club’s inaugural season in MLS in 2012, and the playmaker has scored 12 goals and picked up 24 assists with the Impact in 93 appearances over the past three seasons.
The Brazilian playmaker will add some much needed creativity to the Red Bulls attack following the departure of Thierry Henry, and Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis was thrilled to have acquired the 24-year-old.
“We feel that this trade puts us in a great position,” Ali Curtis said. “Felipe gives us options going forward that will allow us to play the style of soccer that we want to play. He is the type of player that can make an impact immediately and be a part of our future.”
The deal for Martins saw Ambroise Oyongo and Eric Alexander leave New York for Montreal and both players immediately strengthen the Impact squad.
Oyongo is currently with the Cameroon National Team and at 23, was one of New York’s brightest young talents. While Alexander was a mainstay in the side over the past two seasons, making 81 appearances for the Red Bulls since 2013.
He formed a solid partnership in the middle of the park with Dax McCarty last season and New York need to ensure they bring in someone to strengthen the midfield immediately.
That man could be Sacha Kljestan. The USMNT midfielder has been linked with a move to MLS all offseason and with the Red Bulls trading up for the top allocation spot, he could be one step closer to a stateside return.
The 29-year-old is currently with Anderlecht, where he has 18 months remaining on his current deal. The Red Bulls need to act fast if they are to make Kljestan the latest USMNT star to return to MLS as the European transfer window shuts in less than a week.
“While we have a top target in mind, we are considering all options to make use of the top allocation spot,” added Curtis.
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