World Soccer Talk

Oduro Just What Dr. Osorio Ordered

It’s difficult to lose a player the caliber of Dave van den Bergh. The former Dutch National Team player has a technical ability and understanding of the game rare in MLS. But Van den Bergh apparently had two ideas at the end of last season: either go back to Holland or be traded to Dallas. Red Bull accommodated him, and actually ended up making out quite nicely in the process.

Osorio needed a quick, speedy change of pace attacker to complete his transition of the Red Bulls/Metrostars from a bloated over payed underachieving squad to that of legitimate MLS Cup threat. Losing Jozy Altidore last season hurt the team that barely qualified for the playoffs but now between the speedy and technically gifted Mac Kandji and Oduro, the Red Bulls can play flat out counter attacking soccer. Osorio used Calen Carr in a similar role in his brief stint managing the Fire.

Oduro has shown a capability for scoring late game winning goals. Few will forget the goal he scored on national television in June 2007 to sink Real Salt Lake. Osorio needed a late game sniper and he’s found one of the best in the league.