Is our midfield really bad enough that we need to take an unwanted player from Kansas City?
I hope the Red Bulls office staff, especially Erik Soler, is embarrassed by the state of the squad at this point. I didn't mind shipping out Danleigh Borman and the draft pick, but losing Tony Tchani was a hard pill to swallow. The trade moving DeRosario to D.C. made absolutely no sense to me as Marquez can play that holding position better than McCarty and DeRo can do anything better than Ballouchy. The second trade was defended as "creating cap space" for a big signing. So far that signing has managed to give up goals, look drunk on the shot by Luis Gil, and somehow get hurt without moving off his line at Salt Lake. Sure hindsight shows those moves to be stupid, but they looked pretty dumb at the time.
Luke Rodgers seems to have been the glue that kept the Red Bulls together. I think he acted as a bridge between the grunt work you need in the MLS and the technical skill that Henry and Agudelo possess. When we're relying on Mehdi Ballouchy to be an advanced playmaker (or really just relying on him for anything), we're in trouble. Bringing in a hard tackling defensive midfielder doesn't change the fact that we don't have anyone in the center of midfield who can find a striker's foot.