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Instant Impact From Angel

L89TfcDA 712034 Instant Impact From Angel

Juan Pablo Angel was a somewhat controversial “Beckham Rule” signing. Despite having several good seasons at Villa Park he found himself surplus to the requirements after the January transfer window. Angel did score seven cup and league goals this past season in England, but knowing his time was up with Aston Villa he moved to MLS. Many people, myself included felt the Beckham rule should be reserved for high profile international superstars.
Whether Angel can eventually bring more fans to the Red Bulls matches is debatable. Despite being the largest metropolitan area in the country, New York is next to last in MLS attendance this season. However, Angel has already scored two goals (one was in a US Open Cup match) and contributed two assists in three games played. Joining wonderkid Josmer Altidore and grizzled veterans Clint Mathis and John Wolyneic in the Red Bull attack, Angel has now made Bruce Arena’s team one of the most formidable in MLS. Let’s hope their is still more to come from Angel.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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8 Responses to Instant Impact From Angel

  1. Soccer Guru says:

    Angel has been a quality signing but unlike “el pibe” Valderrama he doesn't have the ability to draw Columbian fans en masse to the MLS matches.

  2. Soccer Guru says:

    Angel has been a quality signing but unlike “el pibe” Valderrama he doesn’t have the ability to draw Columbian fans en masse to the MLS matches.

  3. Joe Ginto says:

    the whole issue of international stars drawing fans en masse to MLS won't happen. there are very, very few int'l players who would do this… beckham is one. others? zidane, totti (maybe), shevchenko… there aren't many.

    fans will be drawn to MLS stadiums when they find the product compelling. either because of the quality of play, the fan experience, opposition (especially playing friendlies against euro teams). NYRB did what was best for their squad. if they wanted to draw fans, they needed to grab zidane.

  4. Joe Ginto says:

    the whole issue of international stars drawing fans en masse to MLS won’t happen. there are very, very few int’l players who would do this… beckham is one. others? zidane, totti (maybe), shevchenko… there aren’t many.

    fans will be drawn to MLS stadiums when they find the product compelling. either because of the quality of play, the fan experience, opposition (especially playing friendlies against euro teams). NYRB did what was best for their squad. if they wanted to draw fans, they needed to grab zidane.

  5. Harvey says:

    I'm hearing rumblings that RBNY may sign Teddy Sheringham when West Ham finally releases him. I'm not sure I would sign a 41 year old though.

  6. Harvey says:

    I’m hearing rumblings that RBNY may sign Teddy Sheringham when West Ham finally releases him. I’m not sure I would sign a 41 year old though.

  7. USA2010 says:

    It is unfortunate that MLS would even consider a player's “fan appeal”.

    Quality on the field will sell tickets.

  8. USA2010 says:

    It is unfortunate that MLS would even consider a player’s “fan appeal”.

    Quality on the field will sell tickets.

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