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New York Red Bulls Sign Young Striker

Anatole Abang comes to RBNY from Rainbow FC

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In an initial version of this story I said that Rainbow FC was "not a real soccer club." That is not a correct statement, and has been fixed to reflect the truth. We apologize for the mistake, and regret the error that has been made.

We floated a fanshot, a few days back pondering if the Red Bulls signed young striker Anatole Abang.

Well, now they have.

The New York Red Bulls announced today the addition of three players. The Red Bulls have signed 2015 third-round pick Shawn McLaws and Canadian international Karl Ouimette, pending approval of Ouimette’s p-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate. New York has also completed the transfer of Cameroonian striker Anatole Abang from Rainbow FC, pending approval of ITC.

First off, this is great. As mentioned earlier today the Red Bulls are pretty thin at forward, so any official signing helps.

Second, Abang comes to the New York Red Bulls from Rainbow FC in Bamenda, Cameroon. Abang is part of the same club that brought Marius Obekop and then Ambroise Oyongo to RBNY. Obekop's status is still in limbo, and Oyongo has gone silent and is suspended by Montreal.

It is interesting to note that the Red Bulls made sure to include the language "pending approval of ITC [an International Transfer Certificate]" this time. There was no such language in the press release about signing Oyongo.

Abang will be the fifth Rainbow FC player to play in, MLS.

For now, the Red Bulls have signed a young talented striker out of Cameroon. We could use a striker, so this is great.