The New York Red Bulls opened preseason training in earnest today. The full list of first day attendees can be found here, and there are really no unfamiliar names included. The absence of players such as Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo, who are either away on loan or national team duty, is understandable, as is the lack of supplemental draftees, recent acquisition Kenny Coooper, and trialists, who won't be reporting until next week. There had been some doubts about the return to MLS of Rafa Marquez and Joel Lindpere, but they were at Montclair State University today and would appear to be going nowhere for now (in the case of Marquez, much to many fans' dismay). Tim Ream was the only other notable player not present, as he continues to nail down final details of his transfer to Bolton, which may not happen until next week, if it happens at all.
The biggest news coming out of training camp today has to be Hans Backe's confirmation that goalkeeper Frank Rost, who did a decent job of shoring things up at the back down the stretch last season, will not be returning to New York for another season. In fact, the only keeper in camp today was new boy Ryan Meara, freshly drafted out of Fordham. The Red Bulls will have to seek a veteran keeper to replace Rost, while adding a third netminder to compete with Meara for the backup slot. Recent reports out of South America have linked Venezuela's national team keeper Renny Vega to the Red Bulls. Could he be the man that Solér and Backe are pursuing as their #1? Perhaps.