The New York Red Bulls, after posting the second worst defensive record in the league last year, added two players who will contribute on the defensive side of the game. Both started the 2009 season with Toronto FC.
A fourth round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft was enough to secure the rights to former Welsh international Carl Robinson.
"Carl is a very consistent player who will immediately contend for a spot in our starting lineup," said general nanager and sporting director Erik Soler. "He has a significant amount of experience at both the club and international level and we expect that he will bring a strong veteran presence to our locker room."
The 33-year-old spent the last three years in Toronto, where he earned a reputation as a hard-nosed, uncompromising defensive midfielder. Prior to joining MLS, Robinson suited up for several English clubs, including the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall, Sunderland, and Norwich.
Greg Sutton also joins having spent three years at Toronto. However, his time with the club was ended last year when he lost the starting goalkeeper position to rookie Stefan Frei and the club waived him.
"We have been impressed with Greg’s performances during his time with us in preseason," said Soler. "He is a very experienced goalkeeper and will compete for a starting role."
Penciled in at number one is Bouna Coundoul, but Sutton, at 32, will provide a veteran option. Sutton has 16 caps for the Canadian national team and spent the most productive time of his career with the Montreal Impact in USL-1.
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