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Márquez joins Red Bulls

Rafael Márquez joined the New York Red Bulls on 2 August 2010

Mexican captain Rafael Márquez officially signed with the New York Red Bulls on 2 August 2010, joining ex-Barcelona teammate Thierry Henry in the Big Apple. “Coming to New York and playing in Major League Soccer was a chance that I could not refuse. I am committed to doing my very best to help the Red Bulls in their playoff push this year and compete for championships in the years to come,” Márquez said.

This is good for both New York and MLS. For New York, it adds a defensive stalwart (Márquez is both a center back and a defensive midfielder) and a leader at the back to augment Henry and Juan Pablo Ángel up front. Hopefully, for Red Bull fans, Márquez can help the team into the playoffs and, more significantly, help turn around the club’s middling history. The key is that he needs to stay healthy, especially since MLS is notoriously rough. For MLS, attracting a star in his prime years is an excellent step. It’s especially interesting that he chose MLS over the Mexican league.

Henry is off to a nice start with his new team. Márquez must be hoping for a similarly good beginning.

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Márquez to join Thierry Henry in New York

Rafael Márquez scores v. South Africa (Getty Images)

Well, probably. If you believe the reports.

Though the man himself remained non-committal, it’s a rather poorly kept secret that the New York Red Bulls are interested in signing him, especially now that he won’t have a transfer fee.

Even though Márquez is 31 and has been hurt more or less all the time for the last two years, this is a good move for New York and for MLS. Márquez is by no means finished as a player and his quality and versatility will help the team. His name recognition and pedigree will help the league.

I think it speaks volumes that Márquez would rather go to New York than return to Mexico to play for Atlas (his original club) or, say, América. It says that MLS has to be taken seriously, at least by continental stars.

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Rafael Márquez to New York?

Rafael Márquez scores v. South Africa (Getty Images)

Mexico captain Rafael Márquez is on the verge of being released by Barcelona, according to reports.

I suppose that’s not really surprising since he’s been hurt a lot the last couple of years and both Puyol and Gerard Piqué are now entrenched in the first XI. That, combined with his relatively high wages and Barcelona’s worsening financial situation, means he could be on his way out.

The only problem is that Barcelona doesn’t have a lot of depth at center back. Perhaps there are a few prospects on the reserve or youth teams but the senior team will be somewhat short-staffed. Of course, just because Márquez might be leaving doesn’t mean the team won’t make other moves.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has subtly suggested that the New York Red Bulls will offer Márquez a soft landing spot.

This is something to watch.

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