If you were expecting Kaku to make his Red Bulls debut in Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League match, then you will be disappointed.
Argentine midfielder Alejandro Romero Gamarra won’t play in the Round of 16 first leg against Olimpia in Costa Rica, according to Kristian Dyer of Metro New York.
Gamarra, who has trained with the Red Bulls for several days, has not competed in a match since December.
Instead, the midfielder will head to Tucson, Ariz. and train with the second team, essentially Red Bulls II, at the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. The team meets the Portland Timbers Wednesday night.
Nicknamed Kaku, Gamarra’s transfer fee reportedly was in excess of $6 million, a Red Bulls record. The deal to purchase the Argentine’s contract from Huracan was announced Friday.
According to Metro New York, one source said that Gamarra did not have his visa yet, which would keep him on the sideline. However, if it did arrive, he could play with the Arizona team and get some valuable minutes as he plays himself into shape.
After playing the Honduran side at Estadio Saprissa Thursday night, the Red Bulls will host their foes at Red Bull Arena March 1.
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