New York Signs Boyens

New York Signs Boyens

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 5, 2008

AP PhotoCue the cheesy evening news alert sounds. The New York Red Bulls have signed defender Andrew Boyens today. The New York-named-yet-New Jersey-based-club will move rookie defender Eric Brunner into a senior developmental slot to make room for Boyens on the 18-man senior roster according to a number of sources.

Boyens was recently let go from Toronto FC as they were making ways to sign a number of players a few weeks back. I believed he had been on trial with New York since his release from Toronto as well.

This comes at a good time for the Red Bulls as two defenders are out on the injured list (Chris Leitch and Carlos Mendes).

While I was never too high on Boyens he will add some depth to a defense that I think still needs some work done to here this season. New York has played well in defense in stretches of games but will need someone like Boyens in the middle of their defense to anchor down things. Plus his size will come in mighty handy against some tall strikers of the league like Adam Cristman and Kenny Cooper.

I suppose given the timing of this signing its a good deal for the club and the player. I kind of figured Boyens would be back in the USL by now but New York thought he was still MLS-worthy for the time being.

What do you all make of this news?