Former Red Bulls academy product and Senior team forward Amando Moreno is ready to make his return to his home state of New Jersey after a four-year stint in Mexico.
Metro New York’s Kris Dyer reported on Tuesday that a deal was close to being done that would bring Moreno back to the Red Bulls.
The team made the announcement official on Wednesday morning.
Moreno has been under contract with Tijuana since 2014 and spent last season on loan to Dorados in Ascenso MX. The 22-year-old forward has found playing time rather hard to come by, and has made just 11 league starts in four years, scoring one goal in the process.
Born in Perth Amboy, Moreno was a member of the Red Bulls youth system from 2009 to 2013. He made his debut for the Senior team in 2013, making three appearances for the Supporters’ Shield-bound squad, but decided to ply his trade in Mexico after his contract expired.
Reports out of South America, specifically from broadcaster John E. Rojas, continue to suggest that the ongoing transfer saga for Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra will be resolved by the end of the week.
However, on Tuesday the Huracan superstar took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself making the Shaka hand gesture - which incidentally happens to look like horns. While it may be a stretch to consider this proof of Kaku’s imminent transfer to the Red Bulls, the 22-year-old Argentine has not appeared at Huracan training camp despite the team being just several days away from resuming their season against River Plate.
Red Bulls defender Fidel Escobar has been under heavy criticism from fans (and mockery from The Third Rail) after he posted an Instagram photo of himself wearing an NYC FC jersey that he received as a birthday present from fellow Panama national team star Miguel Camargo (who happens to play for NYC FC).
There is little to suggest that Escobar is interested in moving to NYC, or wants to leave the Red Bulls. Nonetheless, the action could result in serious problems between Escobar and the Red Bulls front office.
Escobar took down the photo from his Instagram account, but not before NYC FC fans got to have a laugh at the team’s expense on Twitter.