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

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(credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images

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‘Running With The Red Bulls’
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.

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