Backe collecting another Nordic player: are the Faroe Islands next?
While the Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo (outgoing) rumor mill continues to churn, the New York Red Bulls may be on the verge of adding several new players to their squad, providing some badly needed depth for the 2012 campaign. Once a Metro has learned that Victor Pálsson, most recently of Scottish club Hibernian and formerly part of the Liverpool youth set up, is in discussions to join the Red Bulls. At just 20 years old - and with a number of international appearances for Icelandic youth teams under his belt - Pálsson would give Hans Backe a number of options in midfield.
The other name to appear on the Red Bulls' radar today is Tom Williams, an English player with Cypriot roots who has bounced around England's lower leagues over the past ten years, including spells with Queen's Park Rangers, Peterborough United and Walsall. Williams' recent posts on his Twitter account indicate that he will be joining up with New York's squad on Monday for training. It's unclear whether Williams has signed a contract or if this is a trial. Williams is most experienced as a left back - a position at which the Red Bulls are painfully thin at the moment, with only Roy Miller to count on.
Meanwhile, New York's goalkeeping situation is still up in the air. Jeremy Vuolo, who played college soccer at Hartwick and Syracuse before leaving to Finland to play for AC Oulu, has returned to the States to sign for the Red Bulls. he discusses his move with his former PDL club Reading United here. The addition of Vuolo gives the club two good backup options (draftee Ryan Meara being the other), but no true #1.
Finally, Kristian Dyer reports that a number of trialists will be joining camp this week, including one time Red Bulls homegrown signing Giorgi Chirgadze and former New England Revolution player Joseph Niouky. They will join now defunct FCNY standout Jhonny Arteaga.