Dipping back into the Scandinavian market, the New York Red Bulls acquired midfielder Brian Nielsen on loan. The 23-year-old joins from Vejle Boldklub, which he recently helped gain promotion to the Danish Superliga.
"Brian is a very promising young player who has pace and can deliver quality service with both feet," said New York general manager and sporting director Erik Soler. "We are thrilled to sign him and he will immediately compete for a spot in our starting lineup."
Nielsen has represented Denmark on a variety of youth national teams, most recently at the under-21 level.
In other New York transfer news, Soler also confirmed that the club still hopes to sign English striker Luke Rodgers. After being released Notts County, the 28-year-old can join for free even outside the now-closed transfer window, but has hit a snafu in acquiring a work visa.
The Red Bulls continue to try to iron that out while chasing a second and third designated player to add to current DP Juan Pablo Angel. With the adjustment of the DP rules under the new collective bargaining agreement, clubs can buy up to three slots, which New York looks set to do this summer when the transfer window reopens.
"I would say we are closing in," Soler said of further designated player signings. "We wouldn’t buy it [a third designated player slot] if we didn’t think we were going to get anyone. We'll try to add two more designated players on this team this year. That’s our goal, and we hope to do that.''
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