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Introducing Gonzalo Veron: The New York Red Bulls' latest Designated Player

RBNY introduced its latest DP today. Here's what was said...

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The New York Red Bulls formally introduced their latest signing - 25-year-old Argentine attacker Gonzalo Veron - on August 8. The club rolled out Sporting Director Ali Curtis, Head Coach Jesse Marsch and the player himself for a press conference - and generously provided a transcript of the key comments from all parties.

What did we learn about Veron from the press conference? Here's a summary of what was said and by whom.

Everyone is excited

Ali Curtis

Today is a great day for the club. We're very excited to be able to add Gonzalo to our team. Gonzalo is a great soccer player, and he's a terrific young man. We knew that the first time we met him.

Jesse Marsch

In every way, I'm very excited about this signing, I'm excited about Gonzalo being here, and I can't wait to get him on the field, so the fans and everyone can see how good he is, and what he brings to this team

Gonzalo Veron

From the moment I found out about this opportunity, I was excited. I knew that the New York Red Bulls are a very important club in North America. This league is growing, it's competitive. There are many European players that are here, and now that I'm here, I'm just excited to do what I can to help the team.

The MLS is the league of the future, it's very competitive, it's growing, it's a league where very many players want to come and prove themselves and now that I'm here I want to do just that. I want to prove my worth inside the field.

Yes, he is quite likely to play in the New York Derby on August 9

Ali Curtis

We're very happy to add a player like Gonzalo, we're excited about tomorrow night, it should be a special day.

Jesse Marsch

It's not always easy in these summer windows to add players the team and have it go perfectly, but that being said, I want to be aggressive to give him opportunities so that he can show his teammates what he can bring and help out team to be successful and I think the only way to really do that is to really get him on the field and so in an ideal world, he's going on the field tomorrow and he's going to help us get the win.

Gonzalo Veron

In Buenos Aires, the derbies are special. You grew up with them, you've lived them, you know what they're about. Tomorrow's going to be a different experience because I don't know exactly what I'm going to encounter, however the approach is that every 50/50 ball we must win, the next play is the play that could decide the score and I just hope that, if given the chance, when I go in that I'm up to par with the rest of my teammates.

It's possible he's being penciled in as the left-sided attacking wide-man in the 4-2-3-1

Gonzalo Veron

It's up to the course of the side where I fit in best or when any player fits in best. I've said all along that I feel very comfortable playing out wide on the left

But the process of integrating Veron into the team's overall tactical plan will take time

Ali Curtis

As Jesse said earlier, we want to get him out on the field and we want to get him going, and he'll learn our system a little more each week.

Jesse Marsch

I've already sat with him and talked about how we play and the tactics of what we do so he hasn't had a lot of time on the field to put to practice exactly how we'd like him to play, but I know he's fit because their season in Argentina has started, he's played in a couple matches, so he's been training for about a month so it's not about the fitness, it's about integrating him in a way to help the team and also help him be successful.

Gonzalo Veron

I'm well aware that Jesse's been working with the team for quite some time and I know there' a progress to be made and whether how many minutes I'm allowed to play, I just want to go in to do my best to help my teammates and take it from there.

He is, however, fit and ready to go

Gonzalo Veron

I feel fine fitness-wise, and in Argentina we're in the middle of a competition

And he should be clear on the overall tactical approach

Ali Curtis

He fits in exactly what we're trying to do as a club. On the field we like to press, it's high pressure, we need guys that can fit into that style.

Jesse Marsch

We talked to him a lot about tactics and the way we play, how aggressive we are in different ways, and he's already wrapping his mind around it. He sees it, he likes it, he wants to be a part of it.

Gonzalo Veron

I'm very happy with the system that Jesse has implemented of high pressure and finishing the play quickly from the midfield forward and I'm just at his orders.

This was not an easy transfer to execute

Ali Curtis

The entire staff worked tirelessly to fit the right player, with the right fit, and we got our man in Gonzalo. It wasn't easy, but all of us combed as much video as possible, reached out to all of our contacts, and we knew Gonzalo was the right player for what we're trying to do moving forward, and also today.

The great thing about being able to bring aboard Gonzalo was the fact that our entire staff really did a great job of looking at video, leveraging our contacts, and really knowing that we wanted to go out and get the right guy. Fortunately, Gonzalo is a Designated Player, so having the support of Red Bull, of our ownership, to get those funds in order to sign a player like Gonzalo was fantastic.

I say this all the time, but we don't disclose the terms of a player's contract, but it was a significant commitment. A commitment one in which he asked to be classified as a designated player so there was a transfer fee involved we had to negotiate that with his former club San Lorenzo, but in terms of the terms of his contract, I don't feel comfortable disclosing those but we're elated that Gonzalo is here. It was a bit of a complicated transaction, but it was a team effort and we all went to the mat to try to bring Gonzalo here.

I've worked on a number of different player transactions over the last seven and a half years and this was very difficult. One of the reasons is because Gonzalo is a very talented player. He's young, and so not only is he talented and he'll be able to add value to our team today, but also tomorrow and so typically when you're working on deals where you're trying to bring players in that are very talented, they become a little more challenging so you've got the time transfer with the transfer window, you've got a very good team in San Lorenzo and you've got a very good young and dynamic player in Gonzalo Veron, so we're happy that he's here, everyone on this podium played a role in bringing him aboard and so it was a true team effort and ultimately, like Jesse said, we're a stronger team now.

Jesse Marsch

First, I want to take time to acknowledge the hard work that Ali Curtis put into this. It will go unnoticed because it was behind the scenes but he worked tirelessly for months to get this deal done. Partly because we identified Gonzalo Veron as the guy that we felt was the man that we needed to make this team better. Ali, well done, and appreciate all the hard work you did there.

Gonzalo Veron

I'd like to thank Ali and Jesse for their hard work to get me here. I'm very happy to be here now, and I hope my hard work pays off for the faith they have put in me.

But Veron is exactly the type of player the club wants to be signing

Ali Curtis

He's also, when you sit down with him and you get to talking to him, you know that he's a really good young man. We're very concerned about our locker room. We want a healthy, fun environment. That culture, when you're around it, you see that, you feel that, and Gonzalo will fit right in. He's been here for a couple of days, he's starting to learn English a little bit more, he's starting to get to know the guys a little bit more. We feel that he's exactly what we're looking for.

The process of scouting, identifying and recruiting players began on day one. You've seen the type of players that we've brought into this club that can fit our style of play, and are also the right fit in terms of the culture and environment that we have in the locker room. We know when the transfer window is, so months in advance we're identifying what are some of the potential needs that we'll need in the Summer. There was a couple of different teams that we had identified in Central and South America, we felt that there's players that play on those teams that could add value to our club, and so that happened very early on.

I think first and foremost, when I first came to the club, one of the things you want to do is really establish what can be the identity of this club long term and what's your vision, what's your mission, what's your philosophy, what's you core principles, what's your style of play, and so the style of play that we play is train hard, we play hard, we're high pressing and in that respect, you really need young players that can withstand the test of time in a 10-month season and so we want guys that can contribute right away, but we also want guys that the fans can see and watch and cheer for year on year and so getting a guy like Gonzalo at the age of 25 we feel fits that perfectly.

Jesse Marsch

His qualities feed exactly to what this team is all about, and what we need. I think it's another piece that helps solidify us as one of the teams that I think can grow and build as we go. He also represents, I think, what the future of this club will be, which will be younger players, dynamic players, talented players, exciting players.

Jesse is getting dangerously close to setting a goal for this year

Jesse Marsch

We're stronger now than I think we've ever been and I think now it's a big task for me to try and get the balance right and maintain the strong mentality and make sure that all the pieces we have within this roster are sharp and ready to go because I think we've become very deep, we're very talented, I think we're very dynamic, we're young, we're fit, we're explosive so I like our team and I think that there's still some proving ground here between now and November, but I think we've gotten stronger and stronger throughout the season and I expect us to continue to do so and in the end we all have the goal of playing in December and ultimately competing for that MLS Cup. I think we're in good shape right now.

And that's about the all the news fit to print from the introduction of Gonzalo Veron. Next time we hear from him should, hopefully, be after NYC FC's visit on August 9 - which looks likely to be Veron's debut for RBNY.

Welcome, Gonzalo - and all the best. We're looking forward to seeing you play.