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RBNY have more connections to Scandinavia than any airline serving the greater NY area

25 January 6:41 pm

RBNY have more connections to Scandinavia than any airline serving the greater NY area

By Shawn Francis

Earlier today the Red Bulls announced their latest signing, little-known American keeper Jeremy Vuolo. Where did they find him? The Finnish Ykkönen or first division.

So let's recount the membership of Scandinavian-connected contingent currently calling Harrison, NJ home:

Technical Staff

  • Sporting Director Erik Soler (native of Norway)
  • Head Coach Hans Backe (native of Sweden)
  • Assistant Coach Jan Halvor Halversen (native of Norway)

Players: under contract

  • Markus Holgersson (native of Sweden)
  • Jan Gunnar Solli (native of Norway)
  • Teemu Tainio (native of Finland)
  • Brian Nielsen (native of Denmark)
  • Jonathan Barrajo (spent 2010-11 with Hamarkameratene of Norway)
  • Joel Lindpere (spent three seasons with Tromso of Norway)
  • Roy Miller (spent 2005-09 with clubs in both Norway and Sweden)
  • Jeremy Vuolo (spent 2011 with Finnish side AC Oulu)

Players: unsigned, currently in camp

  • Willis Forko (spent 2008-10 with FK Bodø/Glimt of Norway)

Players: unsigned, linked to the club

It's a shame this is all happening with the Red Bulls. Not because these are bad players or anything like that. It's just that if there was ever a club screaming out to have "IKEA" slapped on the front of its jersey this is it; I hate to see good kit sponsorship potential go to waste.