When an 18-year-old scores against Argentina, it seems inevitable that he will be looked at by some of Europe's top clubs, and New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo is no exception. Atlético Madrid is reportedly interested in bringing the young American to Spain’s capital; Los Colchoneros should have a good deal of cash once goalkeeper David de Gea makes his move - supposedly in the $30-million range - to Old Trafford.
This article from Marca appears rather speculative, but these types of stories are likely to proliferate in the coming months. Still, isn't the move a little reminiscent of Jozy Altidore's transfer to Villarreal? Let's hope that if Agudelo makes the jaunt across the Atlantic, he has an easier transition than our last youngster to be dubbed "the great American striker." On the bright side, if Sergio Agüero or Diego Forlán leaves Atlético, there could be starting spot for Agudelo to fill.
While Thierry Henry has apparently been battling with his achilles injury for "seven years", he is expected to start alongside Agudelo against the San Jose Earthquakes this weekend, though there is still a chance that Luke Rogers will be leading the Red Bulls' attack if the Frenchman doesn't recover properly. Hans Backe did use some nice, popping adjectives to describe Henry's performance in training including "lively" and "explosive."
Despite Backe's apparent dislike for Bouna Coundoul, the Senegalese keeper will be in net for this Saturday's home match against the Earthquakes. Greg Sutton is still recovering from the concussion that has kept him out since his solid performance against the Seattle Sounders on opening night. The naysayers are becoming a bit vociferous; a goal at home - or maybe just a classic Henry scowl - could shun them.
The Red Bulls also announced two new personnel acquisitions. Todd Hoffard is the long-awaited replacement for Des McAleenan - it's a bit strange how the whole Des & Richie fiasco has completely dissipated - while Teddy Schneider, a selection from this year's Supplemental Draft, was brought in as cover for the defense.
Finally, Red Bull Arena will be the location of the United States Women's National Team's Send-Off match before they depart for the 2011 Women's World Cup in Austria. The match, which will take place on June 5th at 2 p.m., precedes Red Bull Arena's Gold Cup doubleheader by about a week. While Guatemala, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, and the American and Mexican Women's national teams aren't in the same class as Tottenham, Manchester City, or the Turkish and Czech international squads, Red Bull has brought over some great competition to Harrison since the Arena opened.