Red Bulls Going After Strikers

Red Bulls Going After Strikers

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 13, 2008
  • Atlanta Silverbacks, Juan Carlos Osorio, Macoumba Kandji, Summer Transfers, USL

I guess we can’t count this New York club out just yet here this season. Juan Carlos Osorio didn’t make many moves before the season but he sure is making up for it this summer. With a slew of new players already on board, Osorio has recently put in offers for three different strikers.

New York has submitted formal proposals for USL-1 side Atlanta Silverbacks striker Macoumba Kandji. If you haven’t seen this young Senegalese play in the USL yet, do so, because he is a special talent that will follow the links of Maykel Galino and Brian Ching that have made the jump from USL to MLS.

At 23, Kandji has 12 goals in 27 games for the Silverbacks. Not bad, not bad indeed.

Apparently the Red Bulls have to put in a heavy offer to Atlanta for Kandji. From what I’ve heard they are going to be offering around $200,000 or maybe even more for the striker. Sounds like a lot for a USL player but believe me this kid can play.

New York is also said to be looking at Panamanian forward Gabriel Torres. His rights are currently owned by Chepo F.C in Panama, and he was most recently on loan to Colombian club La Equidad, where he scored 5 goals in 18 appearances.

The 19-year old Torres was apart of Panama’s team in the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup.

I don’t recall much of this kid but judging by his age it sounds like a smart move as he should still be a decent project at just 19-years old.

No word yet on who the final striker of those three are but the club has brought in Sainey Touray, a Gambian Under-20 striker, on trial. He most recently led Wallidan to the Gambian League title leading the league in scoring. He won the Golden Boot as the Gambian U-17 team won the Ivorian four-nation Football tournament last year, and has been playing for the U-20s this year in the CAF Youth Championship playoffs.