Leo Stolz is one of the highest profile players in the MLS SuperDraft 2015 and winner of the Hermann Trophy as the nation's top college player. His skills are unquestionably top notch, and he can certainly help any club which drafts him.
His ability as a playmaker in the midfielder is a gaping hole for the New York Red Bulls at this point, so it is only natural that the club has been linked to Stolz, who played his college soccer at UCLA and led them to the finals of the NCAA Soccer Championship tournament.
However, Stolz is a native of Munich, Germany and the risk inherent in selecting him in the MLS SuperDraft is the potential for this dynamic player to turn around and sign a contract with a club in his mother country. The Red Bulls are most assuredly working behind the scenes to determine if Stolz is serious about any offers from the various German clubs which are interested in his services.
The Red Bulls front office is under intense scrutiny due to the lack of roster moves they have made in the off season and the decision to fire popular Head Coach Mike Petke. The Red Bulls will have to decide if they want to address a need on their club with a high profile player who could contribute immediately but they run the risk of Stolz staying in Germany. The latter part of that scenario would be a disaster for the Red Bulls front office that has already had a rough couple of weeks. Stay tuned.