The New York Red Bulls have suffered an up and down season so far, with fans struggling to believe that they can challenge for a play off spot in the MLS.
Mike Petke's man management has started to come under criticism in recent weeks while the lack of activity in the transfer market has stirred an uneasy mood around Red Bull arena.
Third Designated Player Slot
The Red Bulls still have room for one more designated player, the recent squad changes including Johnny Steele and Markus Holgersson have freed up another space in the wage cap for the club to add a player of real world class caliber, but the question is, who and where do they buy?
The Red Bulls in recent years have been criticized for their lack of a creative spark, with Thierry Henry being forced to play deeper than he would like in recent seasons. Peguy Luyindula can only be seen as a quick fix in this situation as age and injury has forced him to miss much of the season.
The recent attacking spark of Bradley Wright-Phillips however has allowed the Red Bulls to move Henry into a deeper position without sacrificing any goal-scoring, so for now the No.10 position is filled and with Tim Cahill being the utility player he is, the Red Bulls look fine in the attacking third for now.
The left midfield is no doubt the Red Bulls weakest area, Johnny Steele, Bobby Convey and Eric Alexander have all being tried in that position with none really impressing. Lloyd Sam on the right hand side offers speed and ammunition for the strikers upfront and the Red Bulls could do with the exact same on the opposite wing to make the attack more unpredictable.
While many fans would be excited to see the likes of Xavi in the squad others feel that the Red Bulls should use their last designated player spot on a much younger and more close to home player as they also look to build for the future.
The USA had a successful world cup, exiting a group none thought they would, and with the exciting young prospects around in the States, many will hope that the Red Bulls will unearth another for their title push.