After having their bid for USL Atlanta Silverbacks forward Macoumba Kandji blocked by the MLS because their $200,000 would set a high precedent for pricing on USL players, the Red Bulls instead signed one-time Arsenal trialist Sainey Touray to a developmental contract. Touray, a 6’1, 18 year-old forward, has played for his country’s U-17 and U-20 teams and led his Gambian First Division side, Wallidan FC, in goals last season with nine.
The pacy Touray, commonly known as ‘Ballack’ had been on trial for New York a week earlier. Red Bulls Manager Juan Carlos Osorio is obviously getting a player who is at least his second choice though, as he commented that Touray has great physical ability and skills, but is very raw. The Red Bulls may not need immediate help after all, though, as Mike Magee and Juan Pablo Angel’s goal-scoring have them on a hot streak that has seen them collect 10 of a possible 12 points in their last 4 games.