Red Bulls Trade Kovalenko

Red Bulls Trade Kovalenko

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 22, 2008

Don’t get too excited Red Bulls fans. Demo Kovalenko wasn’t traded to the Chicago Fire for Wilham Conde last night in the late night trade. No, he was traded to Real Salt Lake for an undisclosed 2010 draft pick.

Kovalenko’s trade is a salary cap kind of deal along with his performance in pre-season. He was making close to $200k last season, so this is a big salary cut for the Red Bulls. Also, it appeared that so far this pre-season that Juan Carlos Osorio was planning to deal him away after giving Seth Stammler a new contract.

It makes perfect sense for the Red Bulls to dump a high contract like that as well right now since they are planning to sign two to three more players before the start of the season. In the MLS $200k can get you two or three solid players if you do enough searching for them.

For RSL, they get a solid veteran that should fit Jason Kreis’s system quite nicely. I may even would want to rate their defense or midfield a little higher with Kovalenko in it now in my recent power rankings.

The New York side also waiving Liberian forward Francis Doe to round out their house cleaning. Doe wasn’t playing well this pre-season so this came to no surprise to many in Red Bull camp. Plus with the amount of quality strikers that the Red Bulls have right now, Doe would have had a hard time getting a spot in the depth chart. A couple clubs could be interested in him though as he is a quality player. San Jose needs a striker and he could come relatively cheap.