Each team has to deal with integrating new players throughout preseason, however the New York Red Bulls are coping with that challenge much more than most as they continue coaching camp in Bradenton, Florida.
Within the past few weeks, RBNY have been about as lively as anyone by way of roster additions, with Brazilian forward Fabio, defensive midfielder Youba Diarra, goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, and 18-year-old attacker Wikelman Carmona among the many new faces. There’s additionally English fullback Tom Edwards, who has but to reach at camp as he awaits clearance of visa and quarantine protocols.
With that many new players, first-year head coach Gerhard Struber admitted on his newest video name with assembled media that creating the mandatory chemistry with so many transferring components has been certainly one of his largest challenges so far, however said that he is nonetheless been happy with the early returns on the coaching ground.
“With the new players, I feel, their integration now’s the big challenge. We’ve many new players, many new abilities right here,” Struber said. “I feel we have labored very hard and sturdy to develop into daily nearer and nearer.
“Yesterday the scenario with Fabio coming into camp, he is proper now in his quarantine. With Carlos Coronel and Youba Diarra, now we have additionally two new players right here that come this week, they can’t practice proper now with us. I’m very happy on the moment that the team comes nearer and nearer and we make the proper steps in our system, in our ideas.”
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A pair of new offseason arrivals that have been capable of partake in all of preseason is the duo of Andrew Gutman and Cameron Harper, every of whom are coming off latest stints with Celtic within the Scottish Premiership.
Gutman signed with the Scottish giants in 2019, however by no means featured for the primary team, spending the last season and a half on loan with FC Cincinnati. The 24-year-old former College of Indiana standout joined RBNY on an intra-league loan earlier this month after signing with Atlanta United.
“It has been an excellent transition for me,” Gutman said in his first video name with reporters on Saturday. “Clearly I am a new player right here, I am nonetheless making an attempt to get to know everybody on the team, all of the employees, the model of play and the whole lot. However up to now I have been having fun with it and I have been studying loads. We have made good steps down right here in Florida and we have just obtained to continue daily to maintain doing that.”
Harper, in the meantime, additionally joins RBNY after a three-year stint with Celtic that noticed him briefly cross paths with Gutman. The 19-year-old attacker made one look whereas that includes principally for the membership’s reserves earlier than his signing with RBNY was introduced on March 5.
Harper said on his introductory video name that he is been treating this preseason as a chance to make as sturdy a case as he can for a job, citing his skillset as a really perfect match for the system that Struber has been making an attempt to impart.
“I feel I am fairly dynamic, I feel I can bring quite a lot of completely different weapons. I am good on the dribble, I am dynamic getting into behind. I can do loads, I can assist the team loads and I feel in coaching I’ve proven it,” Harper said. “I feel with Gerhard, the system that we play fits my model loads by way of transferring excessive up the field, that is the place I will get the ball, so all I really must do is beat one man, beat two guys, get the ball within the field, create stuff.
“I am excited to additionally just be taught new positions. I feel at my age, I am solely 19, so if I can have as many weapons as I probably can and I can play as many positions as I can, I can solely assist myself and assist the team. That is the goal, just hopefully be taught as many new issues this year as I can and just take all of it in.”