The MLS transfer window closing yesterday and initial problems in obtaining a work permit both seem to be unable to stop forward Luke Rodgers in obtaining his dream move to New York. After 48 hours of silence within the press and from the New York Red Bulls seemed to have signaled the end of this transfer but today the MLS franchise announced that they still expect the deal to go through over the next few days.
NY head coach Hans Backe said “I talked to him (Rodgers) this morning. He’s just waiting for the last paperwork to get his visa. He said hopefully he will get it today by mail.” Rodgers’ contract has expired at Notts County, meaning he can be signed by New York as a free agent outside of the transfer window. “Hopefully today or tomorrow he gets his visa and I hope he can be here on Sunday” added Backe who coached Luke during his ill-fated seven week spell at County in 2009.
The Red Bulls hope to be able to call on Rodgers services for the game against Philadelphia Union on 24th April at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey that was opened at the start of this season. New York could really do with some help up front as they have only scored two goals this MLS season, winning two of their three games played so far with 1-0 victories.
Quotes taken from a New York Post article