Hartnett: German Keeper Frank Rost Brings Experience, Stability To Red Bulls’ Problem Position

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By Sean Hartnett
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The New York Red Bulls announced today the signing of 38-year old German goalkeeper Frank Rost from Hamburger SV.  Rost will take up the Red Bulls’ third designated player slot following international icons Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez.

Finding consistency in net has been a long-running issue for the Red Bulls.  Both Greg Sutton and Bouna Coundoul have found themselves on the end of lopsided defeats this season.  Yesterday, New York suffered a 4-0 thrashing to the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup with Coundoul between the sticks.  Coundoul couldn’t entirely be blamed for the embarrassing score line as a mostly reserve team lineup played in front of him.

US Open Cup elimination aside, The Red Bulls’ attack has had to overcompensate for their leaky keepers and claw back late goals to avoid defeat on multiple occasions.  Rost brings immediate stability to the fold and will ease the burden on Joel Lindpere, Luke Rodgers and Henry to constantly pressure the opposition.  Having played at the highest level in the UEFA Champions League, Rost will be calming influence on New York’s back four.  That combined with his experience of playing 426 Bundesliga matches is exactly the remedy that Red Bulls’ General Manager Erik Soler was looking for.

Rost will be set to make his debut away to Chivas USA on July 16th pending receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Clearance.  Soler was delighted to acquire a keeper of Rost’s caliber at mid-season and believes that his signing will enhance the Red Bulls’ chances of capturing their first ever MLS Cup title.

“Frank is a very experienced goalkeeper who will provide a strong presence in-between the posts for our club during our quest for a MLS title.  We are thrilled that he has decided to join us in the middle of our campaign and look forward to his contributions for the remainder of the season,” Soler said in a statement on the club’s official website.

From my point of view, I see Rost as the final piece in the puzzle to make the Red Bulls favorites to lift the MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center on November 20th.  Goalkeeping was the final glaring weakness that needed to be addressed and the club now has everything in place to keep hold on their first place standing in the Eastern Conference and make a serious title run.

Will the signing of Rost put the Red Bulls over the top and give them the chance to achieve their first title glory?  Sound off below and send your tweets to @HartyLFC.

  • Jay Walk

    Although Coundoul and Sutton had their gaffes, many goals were simply the back-line not doing their jobs with Miller being the most glaring of them all.

  • Timothy Carreno

    Hope this keeper has lot s of gas left on his tank….to bring us
    to the MLS cup 2011 finals

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  • josh

    I take umbridge with one point. This is NOT the final piece in the puzzle of the grand plan. This is suring up a constant source of unnecessary noise. Certainly it will go a long way (and I’m a Bouna apologist. Love the guy, not happy about what’s gone on in terms of player management). BUT, the last piece to this puzzle will be Backe’s game management. Lack of subbing for hurt/ineffective players has lost us many points over the last few months. When Backe can do that, maybe we’ll have a fighting chance.

  • JamaicaQns

    I’m hopeful about this guy

  • menlo

    It’s a short term contract, right?

    • hartylfc

      I’ve haven’t seen the contract details as of yet but I’d assume it’s short-term. Rost has one eye on retirement and it would be great for all parties if Rost retired having earned RBNY their first MLS Cup. – Sean Hartnett

  • Ian

    I think it makes sense, especially with the awful performances of our keepers this season. Bouna, who was pretty much a rock for us last year, cannot control his mental demons on the pitch and Sutton, is a MLS Back-Up keeper that keeps getting started because Bouna makes stupid mistakes. It is hard to pay DP money to a goalie but even with a majority of our starting defenders back from the Gold Cup or injury mistakes are still being made (See Bouna get scored on Vs Fire). We have the best offense in the league; we have Tim Ream that is amazing in his position. Marquez is a starting XI All Star who has been injured but will be back. Solli is pretty much solid but needs to learn to clear the ball anywhere else but the top of the box. Miller has also been pretty strong besides a few gaffes. Now when a player that isn’t a goal keeper makes a mistake it can be fixed…but when a goalie makes a mistake that’s the difference between a win and a lose…between 3 points and no points. The front office is taking a big chance on Rost but if you look at the international and domestic gems Soler has found for us this year as starters (Tainio, Solli, Rodgers) I am willing to trust his decision on Rost who has proven himself for 20 years in Germany. Yes he might be 38 but he probably has a good 18 months left in him. A Veteran that has played in UEFA games for his clubs that will help get us the cup is worth DP money. Now all we need is the Cup to prove this decision worked….

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