Cracking the Red Bulls’ Roster

Since it is MLS policy not to disclose any information on signings and contracts and such, the best we can do is speculate.  And that is exactly what we’re going to do.

As of today, the Red Bulls have 24 of 30 roster slots filled up.  This includes 2 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 8 midfielders and 6 strikers (Luke Rodgers will be the seventh if his work visa is approved on Thursday).  The first 20 positions on the roster are for senior players who have a minimum salary of $44,000 and who count against the salary cap.  Positions 20-30 are for off budget players, such as Generation Adidas signings (whose salary is paid for by the league), Homegrown Players (whose salary doesn’t count against the cap) and players signed to Developmental contracts.  Players occupying slots 25 through 30 have a minimum salary of $33,750 for the 2012 season, and any player making this minimum salary must not be 25 or older throughout 2012.

First let’s start with a few known facts: Continue reading