Monday, February 26, 2007

FIFA Boots Red Bull, Delgado Ban Stands

Ecuadoran wild man/striker Agustin Delgado will not be filling the Red Bull's second designated player slot this season as FIFA stood firm on the year-long suspension dealt out to El Tin for his part in a nasty postgame brawl. Check out the video link on YouTube and decide for yourself if FIFA should've looked the other way just so the Red Bull could sign a 32-year-old, injury-prone player with an -- ahem -- colorful off-field reputation including financial disputes with an ex-wife (don't you hate when that happens?), and legal troubles concerning another melee on New Year's Eve 2007.

This could be a blessing in disguise for the Red Bull, as a Big Splash International Stud Signing coinciding with the team's move into brand-spanking-new, soccer-specific Red Bull Park in Harrison, New Jersey next season is much better business -- on and off the field -- than taking a risk on El Tin miraculously becoming an altar boy upon reaching Major League Soccer.

Big Apple Soccer is all over the still vacant second Designated Player (or Beckham Player or Toss-Out-The-Budget-This-Guy-May-Sell-Tickets Player, if you prefer) Allocation story, with both Gianni Versace lookalike Red Bull Owner Dietrich Mateschitz and Sporting Director, Head Coach Bruce Arena doubtful an additional DP signing -- Claudia Reyna holds one slot -- will be happening anytime soon.

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