New York Red Bulls announced their decision to replace Erik Soler as general manager.
The consensus reaction: Why now?
all, the Red Bulls currently sit five points away from Eastern
Conference leader Sporting Kansas City and still have a reasonable
chance of finishing at the summit with three games remaining.
Soler has definitely made some questionable moves in the past (Rafa
Marquez, the decision to trade for and then trade away Dewayne De
Rosario during a three month period), his decisions this year were
primarily solid. After two years of having a threadbare bench, the Red
Bulls featured MLS's most potent attack in Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Kenny Cooper and Sebastien Le Toux.
instead of focusing on trying to secure as many points as possible
heading into the playoffs, most Red Bulls players will be contemplating
their future at the club, unless their name is Thierry Henry or Tim Cahill.
The arrival of former AS Monaco President Jérôme de Bontin as new GM
might not necessarily mean a major upheaval but it could have
significant implications for Marquez.
The Mexican international
revealed to Goal.com last week that he wanted to extend his contract at
New York and was looking for an additional year to his current deal
which ends in 2013.
"My ultimate dream is to play in the 2014
World Cup," Marquez told Goal.com through a translator. "I would like to
extend my contract for one more year to stay playing at this level,
though I have options in Mexico [should the Red Bulls choose not to