HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls have added German midfielder Marc Rzatkowski on loan from Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga, the Major League Soccer team announced Wednesday morning.
His loan is pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
The 27-year-old Rzatkowski will be with the club through the end of this season and occupy an international spot. He will bring UEFA Champions League and cup-winning experience to the team, with more than 200 professional appearances.
Rzatkowski, prounounced “shh-KOFF-skee,” joined the Red Bulls in Oldsmar, Fla. for preseason camp.
“We are pleased to welcome Marc to New York,” sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “Marc adds quality and experience to our group and has proven that he can play anywhere in the midfield. We look forward to him helping our team and sharing in our success this season.”
Rzatkowski joined Salzburg in July 2016, making the move from FC St. Pauli, where he spent four seasons. He made 89 appearances for St. Pauli, recording 13 goals and 13 assists. He registered five goals and five assists in 27 appearances for Salzburg, including three goals and three assists this season.
“We are glad to have Marc on board,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “He brings experience to our locker room and can play in different positions within the midfield. He has qualities that we like and a personality that we think fits well within our group. He is excited to come to New York and be a part of our club.”
Rzatkowski scored a goal against Hibernians FC in Champions League qualification last summer. He was a member of Salzburg sides teams that captured the Austrian league and Austrian Cup during the 2016-17 season.
“I’m very happy to be here,” Rzatkowski said. “I am excited to join the club and want to contribute to the team’s success. I also want to continue to improve myself in every way, as a player on the field and also as a person.”