Major League Soccer is now big business in the United States and with more cities looking to form expansion team’s like the one just launched in Atlanta, teams are looking to sign better players and as they do, the price naturally goes up.
Out of the two big New York franchises, New York City as typically been the team buying the best they can get over the last few years. Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa to name but a few.
So, what about the Red Bulls? The team’s fans have been sat wondering when their team would finally pull the trigger and buy a player that would propel the team going forward. Well, finally they’ve done it, and done it in a big way. They just signed Alejandro Romero Gamarra in one of the most expensive transfer deals in MLS history.
Gamarra, who has the nickname ‘el Kaku’ was acquired for the Argentine side Huracan. The Argentine side confirmed the deal and told the press that the Red Bulls had signed the player for a $5 million transfer fee and as we said earlier, the biggest fee in Major League Soccer history. Oh, and when you add another $1.25 million in taxes and expenses, this is much more than a leap of faith.
That being said, the Red Bulls are totally sold on the 22-year-old player and see him as a big piece of the puzzle going forward. His stats so far this year have him at a goal plus three assists whilst playing on the wing. He has also excelled as a midfielder and has turned out for the Argentina under-20 National Team.
The Red Bulls desperately need a spark up front, last season their winger Daniel Royer got injured, and midfielder Sacha Kljestan looked as if he was on his way out of the club, so with the acquisition of Gamarra this could be the stabilizing effect that the club has needed for many years.
On a side note. The young player hammered out the deal with the Red Bulls without having an agent in the middle of negotiations. This shows just how much the 22-year-old wanted to make the move.