The German newspaper Bild reported on Wednesday that longtime Bundesliga goalkeeper Frank Rost has signed with the New York Red Bulls. Terms were not disclosed for the deal, though Rost is expected to join the team for this weekend's match against Chivas USA.
"We are delighted that Frank has decided to support us in the middle of our campaign," said Red Bulls GM Erik Solér to Bild.
Rost joins the Red Bulls with 17 seasons of Bundesliga experience under his belt, with includes 426 domestic matches and 109 matches in European competition for Werder Bremen, Schalke 04, and, most recently, Hamburger SV. Rost started 30 matches in net for Hamburger SV during the 2010-11 season, but briefly contemplated retirement and a career in coaching after not having his contract renewed by the club at season's end.
According to the Red Bulls website, Rost will count as the third designated player on the club roster.
The Red Bulls now have a decision to make with Rost, Greg Sutton, Bouna Coundoul and Alex Horvath on the club's depth chart at 'keeper. The Bild report made no mention of which goalkeeper may be released by the club in the coming days.
According to the MLS Players Union, Coundoul is expected to make $179,500 for his services in net this season -- coming in at almost $100,000 more than the $80,100 due to Sutton in 2011.
Double Down. A Red Bulls side consisting mostly of reserves got burned by an Orr Barouch brace as the Chicago Fire claimed a dominating 4-0 victory in a US Open Cup quarterfinal match at Toyota Park on Tuesday. Barouch's double joined goals by Yamith Cuesta and Dominic Oduro in the scoring frenzy as the depleted Red Bulls side generated few chances to answer the Fire attack.
Red Bulls coach Hans Backe defended the tournament's low priority with a busy July schedule challenging the club's depth chart. Backe picked only regular contributors Mehdi Ballouchy and Coundoul for a shorthanded squad of 13 players that flew to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon rather than Monday evening.
Backe himself also stayed behind in New York, assigning assistant coach Mike Petke to oversee sideline duties at Toyota Park.
The decision to give the US Open Cup match short shrift rankled many of the Fire players, who vowed to not go lightly on the reserve side kicking off against them.
"We took it personally," Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko said to Soccer by Ives. "Before the game we talked about punishing this team, beating them 5-0."
Chris Albright made his first appearance for the Red Bulls in two months on Tuesday after undergoing hernia surgery in May. Alrbight started and played 60 minutes before being substituted for Marcos Paullo as a precautionary measure after the Red Bulls right back took a tough fall.
"It wasn’t a situation where he’s asking to come out," Petke said to Big Apple Soccer. "It was a situation where he went down and I wasn’t sure what happened when he fell down, was nervous a little bit and took him out. I think he served his purpose and got some good minutes in, got some fitness back. He’s going to help us big time in the push for the playoffs, filling in or starting, whatever he chooses to do.”
The result eliminates the Red Bulls from the US Open Cup tournament while the Fire advance to face the USL Pro side Richmond Kickers -- who executed a 2-0 upset win over Sporting Kansas City -- in the semifinals.