You might say that Fredrik Gulbrandsen’s Red Bull career was a flop. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
The Fredrik Gulbrandsen’s Red Bulls career lasted all of 86 days.
The Major League Soccer club placed the Norwegian striker on waivers Tuesday after an extremely disappointing and unproductive short tenure with the club.
Gulbrandsen, 24, who joined the team on loan from its sister club, Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, did not score in 11 appearances.
The 5-9, 175-lb. Gulbrandsen played only 362 minutes over 12 games and four starts since arriving in March. He finished with one assist in another failed attempt by the team to bulk up its attack.
The Red Bulls’ brass had no official comment on Gulbrandsen’s dismissal.
Gulbrandsen’s jettisoning will open up an international player slot.
When he signed with the team in March, the team was optimistic that he would complement or supplement striker Bradley Wright-Phillips. Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said then then his staff knew that Gulbrandsen will bring his work ethic to the team.
“He is a smart player and understands the system,” Marsch was quoted by www.NewYorkRedBulls.com. at the time. “I think he’ll bring some quality in the final third.”
No, he didn’t.
Gulbrandsen brought only disappointment and frustration.
The Red Bulls’ attack, if you can call it that, has been abysmal this season. They have scored but 15 goals in as many Major League Soccer matches. They also are 1-6 on the road and haven’t found the net in four consecutive road games.
If Gulbrandsen became expendable, then you have to question how long Argentina winger Gonzalo Veron will remain with the club, because he has been an utter failure since joining the Red Bulls in 2015.
A Designated Player, Veron has has been one of the biggest busts of any attacking player in the 22-year history of the club and that says a lot. Since joining the team Aug. 5, 2015, the 27-year-old Veron has been plagued by injuries and inconsistent to underachieving performances. Moreover, he has scored but four times and assisted once in 41 appearances and only nine starts.
One possible reason for a delay in dumping Veron is that the Red Bulls are trying to work out a deal with a team, most likely in South America and Argentina, instead of just releasing him and not getting anything in return.
With the summer transfer window just around the corner, the Red Bulls could use some new blood at center back, midfield and forward.