Topping off what has so far been a week of excellent news for the New York Red Bulls, Luke Rodgers informed the world via Facebook this morning that he has received a U.S. visa and will be joining his teammates for training in Mexico later this week:
Iv [sic] got my visa, be joining the red bulls in mexico this week. Cant wait!
Rodgers' situation was always a bit of a head-scratcher. The Englishman had a great first season in New York and was a model of behavior off the pitch. The uncertainty over the renewal of his visa came as a surprise when Hans Backe, on the first day of training camp, dropped the idea that the diminutive striker may not be allowed to return stateside. But all issues seem to have been resolved now.
Rodgers' presence should be a major shot in the arm for New York, who could be without Juan Agudelo for a portion of the season due to U.S. U23 duties, and in light of Thierry Henry's tendency to miss the odd road game. With Kenny Cooper and Rodgers now in the fold, the Red Bulls have some welcome depth up front.