- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 18, 2008
- 4 Comments
For the second week in a row, Glenn Davis on Glenn Davis Soccer Hour called out former US National Team captian and current Red Bull DP Claudio Reyna. It didn’t take Davis long to get into a Reyna-filled rant last night either.
Last week’s call out was based on his feeling that Reyna is wasting his time in New York on a contract that he doesn’t deserve anymore. He went on to say that his injuries piled up like never before and that Reyna was merely coasting along without giving enough effort.
Davis cited reasons for calling out Reyna due to his snubbing of the New York press recently.
While his points were justifiable, I can tell you its not all on Reyna here for snubbing the New York media.
The Red Bulls have been largely terrible at getting their players out in front and in New York (and probably more so in New Jersey). Aside from probably Jozy Altidore, this club doesn’t have too many recognizable players to people in the city, though they do have a few quality stars like Juan Pablo Angel who largely remain quiet.
While I do agree with Davis’s problem with Reyna and his contract, I cannot fully agree on his bases about snubbing the press when its really his club to blame for that.
This club has had a terrible time at branding itself its own area, mostly due to the lack of a quality marketing department. Jersey sales in the city aren’t great, as you are more likely to see a DC United or LA Galaxy jersey on someone before a Red Bull kit.
The Red Bulls need to do a better job marketing their players, in fact this really can go for most of the teams that don’t have David Beckham. New York has a strong Columbian community that needs to see more Angel, which would probably help put more butts in the seats there at Giants Stadium.
And back to Reyna, he should know better than to snub the media in this country. As much as I blame the Red Bull staff for any problems that Davis point out it does still come back to Reyna in the end. New York is a tough market overall in sports in terms of media. You just can’t snub them or else it will come back to haunt you.