The New York Red Bulls celebrated the end of January by announcing a new addition to the roster for 2018. No, not that new addition: the proposed transfer of Huracan’s Alejandro Romero Gamarra is still trapped in a daily on-again-off-again cycle that appears to have been devised to test the mental health of RBNY’s front office and fans.
For more positive news, the Red Bulls of New York turned to sibling club Salzburg. German midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (shh-KOFF-skee - says the official pronunciation guide) has officially joined RBNY on loan, to torture MLS defenses and commentators in equal measure.
He is already in Florida for pre-season training but the club is awaiting the pending receipt of his P-1 visa and ITC, it was announced today.
“We are pleased to welcome Marc to New York,” said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “Marc adds quality and experience to our group and has proven that he can play anywhere in the midfield. We look forward to him helping our team and sharing in our success this season.”
Rzatkowski has been with Salzburg since July of 2016, coming over from FC St. Pauli where he spent four seasons with 89 appearances and scored 13 goals and 13 assists. With Salzburg, he has scored five times and assisted five times in 27 appearances.
“We are glad to have Marc on board,” said head coach Jesse Marsch. “He brings experience to our locker room and can play in different positions within the midfield. He has qualities that we like and a personality that we think fits well within our group. He is excited to come to New York and be a part of our club.”
While RBNY continues its never-ending tango with its Argentine transfer target, Rzatkowski will settle into pre-season with the first-team squad.