Even with head coach Mike Petke's youth movement along the back, some of the New York Red Bulls' young guys could use some playing time.
Christianson's move was called a "temporary stint to get game fit" by Kristian Dyer at Big Apple Soccer. The loan would give the defensive midfielder a chance to get match fit ahead of the Red Bulls' CONCACAF Champions League campaign set to begin in roughly a month's time.
Lade's move comes with less detail. The report again comes from Dyer, who cites a league source. It's obvious Lade isn't Petke's favorite player; though he has made the bench a few times this season, he just hasn't found a place on the field, playing just 10 minutes in five appearances this season.
It could be a good move for the Cosmos who need a shot in the arm, which is something Lade did with regularity in 2012. Since finishing just a point behind spring season winners Minnesota United earlier in the year, the Cosmos have faltered out of the gate in the fall season, starting 1-1-1, their only win a smash-and-grab job against the Ottawa Fury, followed by a draw against the 10-man Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.
Whether the move is to get Lade ready for the Champions League or an attempt to shop an out-of-favor player is anyone's guess. Though, Lade would fit the mold of a Cosmos pick-up: Once promising with a chip on their shoulder trying to re-boot their career.
It's also worth noting that the Red Bulls don't often use the loan system. Corey Hertzog -- now with Orlando City --was the last player I can remember that was sent on loan. He seldom played with the Red Bulls, but made a splash with the Wilmington Hammerheads, scoring four goals and assisting on two others before having his loan extended. Hertzog never made it back to the Red Bulls -- or MLS for that matter -- being picked up by the Vancouver Whitecaps before being sent on loan again to FC Edmonton of the NASL.