Empire of Soccer's Dave Martinez reported Kimura had restructured his contract for 2014 and this afternoon, the Red Bulls confirmed, and announced that Peguy Luyindula and Eric Alexander would join him.
The moves, according to Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh, give the Red Bulls some roster continuity heading into the new season.
Alexander was something of a no-brainer, as he comes relatively cheap and was effective, even in a new position.
Luyindula and Kimura will be more controversial moves. While Luyindula adapted well as a central midfielder, dishing out assist and after assist as the Red Bulls marched to the Supporters' Shield, some still don't see him as an effective player. Kimura, an MLS veteran, was locked in a position battle with the recently departed Brandon Barklage. Many didn't see much difference between the two, even if Kimura seemed to assert himself as the first choice right back in the second half of the year.
Anyway, after clearing some roster space and salary, these are the first new signings of the still-young off-season. Check out all the roster moves the Red Bulls have made so far here.