With all three of New York’s designated players reportedly seeking offseason loans – Henry to Arsenal (see my notes below), Cahill to Everton and Marquez to Atlas – the ultimate decision seems to be in the hands of the new Red Bull front office in New York. New sporting director Andy Roxburgh called any such loan deals for the three DPs “unlikely.”
“I think the length of the season we have here, when they get the break over the Christmas, New Year’s period, they need to regenerate themselves. I would say in general we would not be too positive about letting them go.”
He did qualify that the club “would have review each [player's loan request]” and that such offseason loans “can be helpful,” in terms of players getting back into shape, but still, the word “unlikely” was what stuck out to most New York soccer reporters.
Marquez – the oft-injured player who seems to most fit Roxburgh’s description – may not even be wanted on loan at his desired destination, however. The concern there isn’t with the loaner so much as the loanee.
Mediotiempo’s Raymundo Gonzalez caught up with Atlas Chairman Carlos Martin del Campo in Guadalajara and asked him about the chances of seeing Marquez in an Atlas kit this winter. Del Campo expressed reservations about spending money to bring in a big name who wouldn’t be with them throughout the season, especially at a time when the club is focused on building a solid core that can help them avoid relegation in the meantime and achieve much more down the road.
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –
NOTES: So I’m an idiot who was taken in by a fake Twitter. This story was originally about the tweet below, with the still-very-valid Marquez information as a secondary item. I’m not a fan of deleting the evidence to save face, but I also don’t want to leave a bad story out there for folks to Google. Mea culpa.
Just got a call from Thierry expelling that he’s going to be rejoining Arsenal for a third time in January. Best of luck mate!
— Sol Campbell (@SulzeerC) November 28, 2012